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

Disney's Princess Sofia: Not Latina but 'mixed-heritage'

After a Disney executive producer commented to press that a new Disney princess to be unveiled next month was to be Latina, Disney is clarifying her ethnicity.

In the news this morning: Immigration stance wins Obama support, King defends 'bird dog' comment, overlooked Latino voters, more

Obama immigration stance locks in Hispanic support - Associated Press Obama's evolving immigration stance, especially a recent order allowing legal status for some young undocumented immigrants, has gained him support from Latinos who have been trending Democratic in light of stricter GOP positions on immigration.

Is Disney's new princess 'dark enough'? Readers react

So what should a Latina Disney princess look like, anyway? We asked the question, and you answered.

In the news this morning: Baca sued over immigration holds, a Latina Disney princess, AP clarifies 'illegal' usage in memo, more

ACLU sues Sheriff Baca over jail refusals - Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of people who allege having been denied bail for minor offenses after they were subjected to immigration holds.

Disney has a new princess, Sofia, but is she Latina enough?

There's a new princess joining Disney's ethnic princess roster. This time, she's Latina. And, not surprisingly, some people are already at odds over whether she's Latina enough.

Report: Catholic Latinos favor Obama, but evangelical Latinos are split

Latinos' religion factors into how they identify politically and which presidential candidate they support, according to a new survey.

In the news this morning: New Cuba policy doesn't ease legal immigration, appeals court decisions in Arizona and Alabama, more

Despite immigration policy change, no easy path from Cuba to U.S. - Associated Press The Cuban government's recent decision to make it easier for Cubans to obtain exit visas doesn't necessarily open the floodgates, experts say, as Cubans must still obtain permission from the U.

Book excerpt: Five myths about raising bilingual kids

The authors of a new book titled "Bilingual is Better" make that case pretty well, offering reassurance to parents trying to raise their children to speak more than one language.

Deportation vs. self-deportation in the debate, deciphered

Deportation and "self-deportation" have been sore spots for President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and they got into it during Tuesday night's debate

In the news this morning: Immigration in last night's debate, LA has the most Asian immigrants, Arizona's voter ID law, more

Obama hits Romney on 'self-deporation' of illegal immigrants - Los Angeles Times Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "self-deportation" comment from earlier in the year was part of a spirited back-and-forth on immigration between Romney and President Obama in last night's presidential debate.

LA gets closer to having a city ID card available to undocumented immigrants

In case you missed it earlier on KPCC's political blog Represent!, a Los Angeles City Council committee today unanimously approved a proposal from Councilman Richard Alarcon that would have the city create a municipal ID card.

3 reasons Obama is leading among Latinos in Florida

The conventional wisdom about Republican Latinos in Florida is changing, fast. Next month's presidential election may dissolve decades-old assumptions.

In the news this morning: Cuba eases exit visa restriction, immigration and tonight's presidential debate, more

Cuba eases exit visa requirements for most of its citizens - NPR The Cuban government has announced that it will no longer require Cubans to apply for an exit visa to travel outside the country, something that has impeded Cubans from going abroad for more than 50 years.

Processing deferred action applications could take time

Close to 180,000 applicants have filed for deferred action, but the speedy processing time experienced by early applicants could slow as more people apply.

In the news this morning: LA gets closer to city ID for undocumented, Obama loses slight edge with Latinos, more

Villaraigosa pushing ID card plan for illegal immigrants - Los Angeles Times Tomorrow a Los Angeles City Council committee is set to consider a plan for a city identification card that would be available to undocumented immigrants, and which they could use for banking services.