Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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

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.

LAPD sued over impound policy that lets some undocumented drivers without licenses keep their cars

The same conservative watchdog group that sued the Los Angeles Police Department over its Special Order 40, which prohibits officer from inquiring about immigration status, has now sued the department over a revised vehicle impound policy that gives officers greater discretion in determining whether to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers.

ICE deportation reviews by the numbers, explained

The review of some 300,000 deportation cases in the nation's backlogged immigration courts recently led to some confusing headlines after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that about 16,500 pending cases would be temporarily put on hold, which some translated into these cases being "shelved.

In the news this morning: A new border strategy, RNC flap over Romney's immigration stance, media for English-speaking Latinos, more

RNC Hits Snag on Romney's Immigration Stance - Wall Street Journal The Republican National Committee’s Latino outreach efforts took a beating yesterday following RNC director Bettina Inclán's remark that presidential candidate Mitt Romney is "still deciding what his position on immigration is.

Author Luis Alberto Urrea on the Border Patrol and reporting 'The Devil's Highway' (Video)

One of the best books I've read about the U.S.-Mexico border is Luis Alberto Urrea's "The Devil's Highway," which tells the story of a group of 26 Mexican migrants who became lost in the Arizona desert in May 2001, after being abandoned by their guide.

The recession pushed some immigrants to become entrepreneurs - and now they're helping drive the recovery

It's been documented for some time that immigrants outpace the native-born in the U.S. in terms of starting their own businesses. But the economic downtown has apparently driven even more immigrants to become entrepreneurs, according to a story today from CNN Money.

The promise of the English-speaking Latino audience

The official announcement yesterday that the Disney-owned ABC News has teamed with Univision to launch a 24-hour cable news channel for English-speaking Latinos next year is just the latest in a series of similar announcements from media companies.

In the news this morning: College aid for undocumented students, TV network for English-speaking Latinos, upcoming vote on AL law

Colleges look at policies for illegal immigrants – USA Today With undocumented students unable to get cheaper in-state tuition in many states, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities is urging its schools to enroll and assist them.

The promise of the English-speaking Latino audience

The plans announced by ABC and Univision to launch a cable TV news channel for English-speaking Latinos next year is the most recent in a series of media ventures aimed at this audience.

Study: Babies exposed to just one racial group can develop racial 'bias'

Multi-American's sister blog DCentric at WAMU in Washington, D.C. shared a story today that's worth highlighting here: A piece in Good magazine about a University of Massachusetts study which suggests that infants confined to being around a single racial group can develop trouble telling apart people from other racial groups, and be less able to read their emotions.

More astronautas in the news: NASA's first Latino astronaut inducted into Hall of Fame

There's been more than the usual amount of news lately regarding Latinos and space travel (as is if there ever is much), thanks to former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez's candidacy for U.

Readers on the state of the immigrant rights movement, post-May Day

It's been nearly a week since May Day rallies took place in L.A. and throughout the country. This time, the immigrants rights marchers who have turned out for several years shared the stage with protesters from the Occupy movement, who organized their own events.

Another post-May Day take on the state of the immigrant rights movement

After a relatively low turnout of immigrants rights marchers during last Tuesday's May Day rallies, one headline screamed "May Day Protests Show Weak Immigration Movement." A couple of posts in the last few days on Multi-American have provided a reality check, analyzing the evolution of the immigrant rights movement in the years since the massive marches of 2006 and questioning whether crowd count is still the best indicator of a movement in the virtual age.

In the news this morning: Immigrants spared deportation living in limbo, jury award in hijab discrimination case, more

Deportation cases halted, but illegal immigrants lives remain on hold - Atlanta Journal-Constitution People whose deportation cases are being shelved following a federal review of the immigration court system have been spared from removal, but they don't get legal status and still can't work, so they continue in limbo.

Posts of the week: May Day, mourning Junior Seau, very long waits for immigrant visas, a different kind of Cinco de Mayo list, more

This week has brought us May Day and its accompanying immigrant rights and other marches, the death of a beloved football hero, and continued remembrances of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which began 20 years ago last Sunday and were just winding down about now, as life in L.