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: DHS to track who leaves U.S., Brewer complains about border, immigrant law school grad can't practice, more
DHS finalizing plan for exit system - The Associated Press Homeland Security officials plan to soon present to Congress a biometric data system that will track when immigrants and visitors to the U.
Who would have thought just a couple of decades ago that having Mexican-born grandparents could be a boon to otherwise white politicians? It's not Mitt Romney and his Chihuahua roots this time, but a Los Angeles elected official with a background that's similar in many ways.
A report released today by the federal Department of Education finds that when kids in U.S. public schools are punished, the harshest punishment is often reserved for certain minorities.
In the news this morning: Georgia senate votes to ban undocumented students, immigrant detainee dies, a binational couple's story, more
Senate votes to ban illegal immigrants from Georgia's public colleges - Atlanta Journal Constitution The Georgia state senate has approved a bill that would ban undocumented students from all the state's public colleges and universities.
A post last year told the story of Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a green card holder turned Marine who was killed in action in Iraq in November 2004.
What to call immigrants who don't have permission to be in the country? It's a long-running debate, and readers have been weighing in on it since a post last week highlighted one celebrity's use of the term "undocumented" during a presentation speech at the Oscars.
In the news this morning: Civil rights march protests Alabama law, man dies after accidental deportation, a valedictorian fights to stay, mo
Marchers honor historic Alabama trek to protest voter ID law – USA Today The planned five-day march by demonstrators that began yesterday commemorates the historic 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, this time in protest of a strict new state anti-illegal immigration law.
Posts of the week: Prosecutorial discretion, 'undocumented' at the Oscars, which immigrants live where, states with Arizona-style laws, more
The news this week has ranged from how a celebrity used the word "undocumented" during a speech at the Oscars to whether the Obama administration's new deportation guidelines are affecting the caseload in the nation's immigration courts.
A banner on Broadway downtown speaks to the millions of Angelenos who during tax season each year don't file their impuestos, but "los taxes."
Multi-American's sister blog DCentric in Washington, D.C. has featured a fascinating and somewhat unsettling study from the journal of Social and Psychology & Personality Science that measures differences in people's charitable attitudes toward white and black children.
One post earlier this week mapped the top 10 states with the biggest foreign-born population growth since 1990; another post took a look at the states that since 2010 have enacted anti-illegal immigration laws.
In the news this morning: Alabama and Georgia laws await SB 1070's fate, gunboats to patrol Rio Grande, a mayor tries to stop S-Comm, more
Nation's Toughest Immigration Law Stays Put For Now - NPR A panel of federal judges in Atlanta has decided to put off deciding on lawsuits against state anti-illegal immigration laws in Georgia and Alabama until the U.
How many new state immigration-related laws have been approved in the last year? According to a new piece in Mother Jones, there been a total of 164 of these laws approved throughout the country since 2010.
What is a multiracial city? According to researchers at the University of Southern California, these are cities that "have significant populations of at least two and as many as four major racial groups.
In the news this morning: State immigration battles in the South, Floyd Mayweather addresses Jeremy Lin comments, more
New round of immigration battles set in the South - Los Angeles Times Mississippi is considering its own state anti-illegal immigration crackdown bill, while a federal appeals court is set to consider whether similar bills in Alabama and Georgia pass constitutional muster.