Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

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Leslie Berestein Rojas is KPCC's Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter.

An award-winning journalist with several years’ experience reporting on immigration issues, Berestein Rojas most recently covered immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border for the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has retraced the steps of migrants along desert smuggling trails, investigated immigrant detention contractors, and told the stories of families left behind in Mexico’s migrant-sending towns.

A native of Cuba raised in Los Angeles, Leslie has also written for Time, People, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. She has reported from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

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Posts of the week: Obama grants deferred action to young undocumented immigrants, Supreme Court prepares to rule on SB 1070, more

As far as immigration and related issues go, this has been quite a week. The Obama administration has stated it won't be deporting some undocumented young people who arrived in the United States before age 16, for starters, making for the boldest immigration-related move out of Washington in recent history.

What do you think of Obama's 'deferred action' immigration plan?

Or as one NPR headline put it, "Is Deportation Freeze a 'Big Relief' or 'Cynical Ploy'? Those are just some of the ways in which different people have been describing the Obama administration's announcement yesterday that it would not pursue deportation for some young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors.

A 'no brainer' or 'a shame'? Reactions to Obama's immigration move

As might be expected, President Obama's announcement that many qualifying young undocumented immigrants may be spared from deportation has inspired readers and listeners at KPCC to put in their two cents.

Obama: 'This is not amnesty...this is not a path to citizenship'

The Obama administration has announced that it will grant deferred action to certain young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors, but the long-term fate of those who qualify is still uncertain, even if it's less precarious than it has been so far.

What Obama's move to not deport young immigrants does

The White House's plan not to pursue deportation for some young undocumented immigrants isn't quite "amnesty," nor does it provide anyone with a green card.

Obama to grant 'deferred action,' work permits to some young undocumented immigrants

The Obama administration announced this morning that it is granting deferred action to undocumented young people who meet certain criteria, and will even give them work permits. Is it a big deal? Definitely.

A ‘no brainer' or ‘a shame’? Reactions to Obama’s immigration move

What our audience had to say in an informal poll, and in the comments, about President Obama's decision not to pursue the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants.

Obama to grant ‘deferred action', work permits to some young undocumented immigrants

The White House announced Friday morning that it is granting deferred action to some undocumented young people who meet certain criteria, and will even give them work permits. The move could affect about 800,000 people who came to the U. S. as minors.

ICE deportation reviews by the numbers, updated

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'Why haven't you gotten deported?'

It's been a year since ex-Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas revealed in a New York Times essay that he is undocumented, brought to the United States illegally from the Philippines as a child.

Readers on DREAM Act vs. 'DREAM-light'

A recent post detailed the results of a poll suggesting that while most Latino voters prefer the original versionof the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to some undocumented youths who go to college or join the military, they are divided over a slimmed-down alternative, dubbed "DREAM-light" in the report.

In the news this morning: 'Out' on the cover of TIME, U.S. customs expands abroad, state anti-illegal immigration laws, more

Behind the Cover: America's Undocumented Immigrants - TIME It's been a year since ex-Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas admitted in the New York Times that he's undocumented, having arrived in the U.

Scenes from a (bicultural) marriage: 'She seems most comfortable with the kids who look like her'

Over the past week or so, I've been sharing snippets from a great conversation that I moderated late last month at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, a discussion on interracial and interethnic relationships.

American snapshot: A roquero in Lynwood

Los Angeles and its environs has a Beach Boys monument, a Michael Jackson mural, and a bust of James Dean. These might be expected here. But in Lynwood, there's a monument to a major rock star that, chances are, few non-Latino Angelenos have heard of.

The so-called Latino voter 'sleeping giant': Still asleep?

We've heard the overused "sleeping giant" reference often to refer to the Latino electorate, that which is composed of far more eligible voters - and people eligible for citizenship who can't yet vote - than the number of Latinos who actually hit the polls.