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: Obama and Asian American voters, U.S. Latinos' regional accents, Chipotle under immigration scrutiny, more

Asian Americans grab Obama's attention - San Francisco Chronicle President Obama's reelection campaign has been pursuing Asian and Pacific Islander voters; as one Bay Area activist puts it, both major parties are "trying to find a community of interest that might be moved - and one of the unturned stones has been the Asian community.

'TRUST Act 2.0': Amended CA bill would only let cops hold convicted criminals for ICE

A year ago, a bill was moving through the California state legislature that aimed to make optional counties and cities' participation in the controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program.

Today is Immigrant Day in California - what is it?

It's not a holiday. Nor does it have anything to do with a 1987 federal proclamation declaring October 28 of that year "National Immigrants Day," which isn't a holiday either, but which some have celebrated on that day since.

California bill would only let cops hold convicted criminals for ICE

'TRUST Act 2.0' proposes that local law enforcement only detain people convicted of violent or serious felonies for immigration officials as part of the controversial Secure Communities program.

'You dance on the floors we mop the floors': From California's first Latino poet laureate, a son of immigrants

California's new poet laureate is, for the first time, the Mexican American son of immigrant farm worker parents. The first Latino ever named to the position, Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, author and professor of creative writing at UC Riverside.

In the news this morning: Alabama immigration law revised, riot at a CCA facility, 'coming out' undocumented, VAWA and immigrants, more

Alabama governor signs revised anti-illegal immigration law - CNN The revisions to HB 56, considered the nation's strictest state anti-illegal immigration law, don't address controversial provisions hung up in federal court; one of these is a provision requiring schools to check the immigration status of students.

Today is Immigrant Day in California – what is it?

It's not a holiday or a proclamation. But people from throughout the state have spent the day rallying and lobbying in Sacramento on behalf of immigrants.

Thoughts from a TV exec on a complex, evolving, bilingual Latino audience

Univision's Alberto Mier y Terán had some interesting things to say about the evolving Latino TV audience yesterday afternoon in an interview with KPCC's Alex Cohen on All Things Considered.

Immigrants and the Violence Against Women Act: Two key components

In recent days, a battle over renewal of the Violence Against Women Act has become increasingly partisan and increasingly heated.

'Words and ideas are part of the heritage we leave to you'

The Los Angeles Times' Hector Tobar has written a lovely piece after attending last weekend's Lea LA festival, a Spanish-language book festival held at the L.A. Convention Center for the second year in a row.

In the news this morning: Debate over Alabama immigration law, Latino voters, parents of murdered USC international students sue, more

Alabama Governor Urges Changes to Latest Immigration Law - New York Times The governor of Alabama has called a special legislative session and is urging lawmakers to consider more changes to the state’s strict anti-illegal immigration law known as HB 56.

Donna Summer 'was our Reina': Mourning the disco queen

Reading a post today on the Latino Rebels blog mourning disco legend Donna Summer, who died this morning from cancer at 63, it was comforting to see this:

Second-generation nation: A look ahead as minority babies become a majority

It doesn't come as shocking news that for the first time in U.S. history, the majority of the babies being born in the United States are members of Latino, black, Asian and other minority groups.

In the news this morning: Minority babies become a majority, violations alleged at detention centers, AL law amended, more

Census: Minority babies are now majority in United States - Washington Post It's official: For the first time in the U.S., a majority of the nation's babies are minorities. Census estimates show that 50.

Work permits and auctions: A look at two new proposals for granting work visas to immigrants

There are a couple of new proposals for granting work visas to foreign workers, one of them legislative, the other a private proposal put together by an economist. They couldn't be more different, but the one thing they have in common is that they are drawing their share of controversy, as might be expected in this economy.