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

Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

It's the start of August, time once more to post the latest wait times for legal entry via the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin. The bulletin lists wait times for hopeful immigrants in several family-sponsored visa categories.

In the news this morning: Some hesitate on deferred action, activist 'self-deports' to witness detention, Latino leaders emerge in Anaheim

Politics: Some Undocumented Immigrants Hesitate on Deferred Action Out of Fear - Hyphen Magazine As many young undocumented immigrants prepare to apply for temporary legal status under a new Obama administration policy, some are skeptical and are hesitant about revealing their status to the government.

Profits keep rising for private immigrant detention contractors

Profits continue to go up for the private prison companies that contract with the federal government to house immigrant detainees, and the Associated Press has a good report today exploring the most recent profits and lobbying efforts of private jail companies.

Latinos less likely to borrow for college, more likely to live at home

This won't come as a surprise to those who have lived it, but a new Sallie Mae report on how college students pay for higher education charts the spending and saving habits of Latino students, including how fewer of them take out loans, and more of them live at home to save money.

In the news this morning: Latinos seeking representation in Anaheim, Arpaio profiling lawsuit, gearing up for deferred action, more

Anaheim community leaders ask for Latino rep in local government - Southern California Public Radio Latinos and other people color in Anaheim are seeking greater political representation in the city following the recent police shooting deaths of two Latino men, which have caused racial tensions there to surface.

Preparing for deferred action proves a paperwork challenge

As the mid-August date approaches for when young undocumented immigrants can begin to apply for deferred action - temporary legally status under a new Obama administration policy - those who think they might be eligible have been racing to get the paperwork they need.

Fresh air, canoeing, shoorchbar? Welcome to the immigrant diaspora summer camp

There are cultural summer camps, and then there are cultural summer camps.

As tension continues after police shootings, can Anaheim learn from Los Angeles?

Los Angeles Magazine has an interesting piece addressing the tense situation in Anaheim between police and residents, upset over the recent officer-involved shootings of two Latino men.

In the news this morning: Preparing for deferred action applications, debate over deportation numbers, Latinos and college funds, more

On eve of deportation-protection policy, immigrants, officials on their marks - Seattle Times Young undocumented immigrants who might be eligible for temporary legal status under a new policy are preparing their paperwork as the application period nears, and officials are preparing for the crush.

Meet the immigrant Olympians

Did you know that more than three dozen members of Team USA competing in the Olympic games in London are naturalized U.S. citizens?

The English-as-official-language debate resurfaces

The most recent of several legislative attempts to make English the official language of the United States heads to a House committee this week for a hearing. And while it may not get any more traction than previous attempts, it's bound to draw headlines again.

In the news this morning: Protests continue in Anaheim, Scalia defends his dissent on SB 1070 ruling, another English-only attempt, more

Anaheim police block protesters from Disneyland; 9 arrested - Los Angeles Times Protests continued in Anaheim this weekend over the police shooting deaths of two Latino men a week ago.

The English-as-official-language debate resurfaces

The most recent bill proposing to make English the official language of the United States is set to go to a House committee for a hearing later this week.

Posts of the week: Too old for deferred action, police and communities of color, an Olympian banned over anti-immigrant tweet, more

The past week has seen escalating tension in Anaheim over the police shootings of two Latino men, the start of the Olympics in London (and an athlete's expulsion over an anti-immigrant tweet), and the death of the outspoken actress Lupe Ontiveros, who didn't mince words about the roles offered to Latinos in Hollywood.

'Their continued perspective of who we are': Remembering Lupe Ontiveros

Lupe Ontiveros' name may not have been a household term for the American moviegoing mainstream, but chances are the moviegoing mainstream was familiar with her face.