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.

Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

In the news this morning: Secure Communities expansion, an undocumented airport security supervisor, a 'market based' reform plan, more

Coast to Coast, Unrest over Secure Communities - Fox News Latino Public officials and immigrant advocates opposed to the controversial Secure Communities fingerprint sharing program are criticizing the federal government's expansion of the program in New York, Massachusetts and Washington state.

In aftermath of Monterrey massacre, speculation about where the victims came from

It's too soon to draw any conclusions about where the 49 people found dead in northern Mexico near the city of Monterrey yesterday, their headless bodies dumped on a highway, may have come from.

Illegal immigration from Mexico is down, but legal immigration isn't

In a short piece in The Atlantic today, Council on Foreign Relations fellow Shannon K. O'Neill points out that as net migration to the U.S. from Mexico has dropped sharply in recent years, there's an interesting wrinkle to the northbound migration that continues.

'I chose to be an Angeleno': An identify forged by immigration, even for a local

The term "Angeleno" refers to a person from Los Angeles, but there are some Angelenos who relate to the term on another level. The best way I can describe it: As a descriptor of a person whose identity is closely tied to a multiethnic city with a complicated past and a complicated present, and whose identity doesn't fit neatly into a cultural box.

Illegal immigration from Mexico is down, but legal immigration isn’t

As unauthorized migration has dropped, the share of immigrants coming from Mexico with visas, including business-related visas, has gone up.

In the news this morning: Secure Communities spreads, AL farmers prepare for immigrant labor shortage, 'zero tolerance' border policies, mor

Fingerprints Program Stirs Wide Dissent - Wall Street Journal Federal immigration officials are continuing to roll out the controversial Secure Communities fingerprint-sharing program; New York State is next, in spite of protest from state and local officials.

A letter from mother to daughter about language, love, and identity

A contest that's part of the Lea LA Spanish-language book festival taking place this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center has yielded some beautifully candid and eloquent letters from Latina mothers to their children (and from grandmothers to their grandchildren) about the importance of keeping language and culture alive across generations.

Report examines relationship between immigration, nativism and politics in a changing Europe

It's been interesting watching the role of immigration in European national elections this year, especially in France, where incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy has moved increasingly to the right on immigration as he competes with a candidate from the far-right National Front.

What's alleged in the federal lawsuit against 'American's toughest sheriff' Arpaio

What exactly is alleged in the federal Department of Justice's lawsuit against "America's toughest sheriff" Joe Arpaio? If it's any hint, there is a chihuahua involved, not in a cute way.

A letter from mother to daughter about language, love, and identity

As part of a contest for the Lea LA Spanish-language book festival taking place this weekend, a mother writes to her infant daughter about why it's important for her to pass along her language and her culture.

In the news this morning: Latinos and same-sex marriage, feds sue Arpaio over civil rights, a challenge to the no-fly list, more

Will Obama's support of same-sex marriage cost him Latino votes? - Southern California Public Radio While many Latino voters tend to run socially conservative, several recent polls don't show them having any stronger opposition to same-sex marriage than the general public.

Forbes on 'why immigrants make better entrepreneurs'

Following a report from CNN earlier this week on how immigrants driven into business by the recession are now helping push the recovery, Forbes has a piece today highlighting the story of one man who exemplifies that sort of drive.

Will Obama's support of same-sex marriage cost him Latino votes?

That's become one of the burning questions since yesterday's announcement by President Obama that he believes same-sex couples should have the right to marry, made a day after North Carolina legislators voted to outlaw same-sex marriage in their state.

In the news this morning: No repeal of Alabama immigration law, Latinos and Obama's support of same sex marriage, BLM rangers on border

Ala. Senate rejects move to repeal immigration law - CBS News The Alabama state senate voted yesterday to reject a repeal of the state's controversial new anti-illegal immigration law, called the strictest in the nation.

Romney may not be 'still deciding' on immigration, but the Latino problem remains

In the day since it was uttered, news reports have alternately called a Republican National Committee staffer's remark to reporters yesterday about Mitt Romney "still deciding what his position on immigration is,” a flub, a gaffe, a snag, and a disaster.