Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
After much speculation, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has confirmed that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is being vetted as a potential running mate. But critics on both sides have concerns about the freshman Cuban American lawmaker as a veep pick.
As the historic wave of migration from Mexico of the late 20th century slowed to a standstill, a new chapter in United States immigration history was slowly unfolding.
As the dust settles on Friday's announcement by President Obama that he won't pursue deportation for some young undocumented immigrants, attention has turned to the short- and long-term impacts of potentially hundreds of thousands of young people getting temporary legal status and work permits, some with college degrees they haven't been able to fully take advantage of.
As migration from Latin America has receded, immigration from Asia has surpassed it, a new report outlines. A few facts about the nation's fastest-growing group of recent immigrants.
In the news this morning: Asians now make up biggest group of new immigrants, the legality of Obama's deferred action move, more
In a Shift, Biggest Wave of Migrants is Now Asian - New York Times As migration from Latin America has slowed, immigrants from Asia have now surpassed Latinos as the biggest group of new immigrants.
As some young undocumented immigrants qualify for deferred action and work permits, many will be leaving under-the-table jobs for other opportunities. It's possible that the move could also steer more of them into college.
After a landmark announcement Friday by the Obama administration that it would not pursue deportation for some young undocumented immigrants, federal officials are now gearing up for quite a bit of work.
Rodney King was an unlikely historical figure, thrust into the books at the age of 25 when his videotaped beating at the hands of Los Angeles police - and the officers' acquittal the following year - triggered the deadly 1992 L.
Not today, at least. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to announce its opinion on Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-illegal immigration law before the end of this month, and eyes were on the court this morning as opinions were issued.
After Obama's announcement, the logistical challenge begins.
In the news this morning: No ruling on SB 1070, the death of Rodney King, the role of advocates in Obama's deferred action plan, more
U.S. Supreme Court doesn't rule on SB 1070 - KPHO Phoenix The U.S. Supreme Court didn't issue a ruling this morning on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, as some expected.
Recollections from Angelenos on the legacy of the deadly 1992 Los Angeles riots, triggered when four LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King were acquitted. For King, who died yesterday, life would never be the same. Neither would the city.
The U.S. Supreme Court didn't issue its anticipated ruling this morning on Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, but it's coming this month.
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.
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.