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
A panel that I moderated last week on what defines the 1.5 generation, immigrants who arrive in the U.S. as children and adolescents, yielded enough material for many, many related posts.
In an essay in the Pasadena Weekly reflecting on the shootings deaths of black teens Trayvon Martin in Florida and, more recently, Kendrec McDade in Pasadena, Kevin Uhrich makes the argument that the unresolved social issues and complex racial tensions that led to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots haven't dissipated, at least not at street level.
In the news this morning: An ICE ride-along, same-sex binational couples file suit, an 'alarming' immigration bill in Greece, more
On immigration operation, success and frustration - Los Angeles Times A ride-along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as they conduct an operation targeting deportable immigrants with prior convictions, which recently led to the arrests of more than than 3,100 immigrants.
As November elections neared in 2010, the Democratic supporters of the immigration reform bill known as the Dream Act kicked into high gear, pushing it toward an eventual vote in the House and Senate that December.
Announcing a nationwide series of immigration sweeps this morning, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials tallied up the arrests of what ICE director John Morton termed in "3,168 fewer criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators in our neighborhoods across the country.
As politicos compete for Latino votes, expect the Democratic-backed immigration reform proposal to re-emerge, along with a growing list of stripped-down GOP alternatives.
In the news this morning: Rubio's scaled-back 'Dream Act' alternative, hate crimes, Bin Laden widows get immigration penalty in Pakistan, mo
GOP Tries to Woo Hispanics - Wall Street Journal Worried that their immigration rhetoric has alienated Latino voters, Republican leaders are trying several options, including a scaled-back version of the Dream Act that would allow for legal status but not a path to citizenship being developed by Sen.
Posts of the week: The murder of an Iraqi American, the meaning Sa-i-Gu, what defines the 1.5 generation, more
The discussion on Multi-American this week has ranged from the repercussions of a tragic murder in a Southern California Iraqi immigrant community to the nuances that define immigrants who arrive in the U.
Police have yet to determine if the murder of Shaima Alwadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi American mother of five who was beaten to death last week, is indeed a hate crime. Alawadi died last Saturday of head injuries after enduring a brutal beating a few days earlier in her El Cajon, Calif.
As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the polling firm Latino Decisions has posted a piece from University of New Mexico political scientist Jillian Medeiros that takes a look at where Latino voters stand on the ACA - and where they stand in terms of health coverage, which isn't great.
In the news this morning: A proposal to help relatives of citizens legalize, protected status for Syrians, a stripped-down 'Dream Act,' mor
Obama administration proposes changes to legal status applications - Los Angeles Times On a proposal that would make applying for legal status easier for some undocumented family members of U.
I’ve been listening to the raw audio from a great discussion that my KPCC colleagues and I held earlier this week at the station's Crawford Family Forum on the experience of the 1.5 generation, immigrants who arrived in the United States as children or adolescents.
Of all the photos of L.A. Dodgers fans snapped yesterday outside Staples Center by KPCC's Corey Moore, this is my favorite, the one that just screams "Yeah!"
A popular Q&A post last weekend titled "Where race matters in the Trayvon Martin case, and where it doesn't" that examined the complicated role of race in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Florida boy last month drew a long string of comments, as have related posts.
In the news this morning: 'Holiday on ICE,' state AGs against SB 1070, the 'super Irish' man behind online petition for Trayvon Martin, more
'Holiday on ICE' hearings take aim at imprisoned immigrants - Los Angeles Times Led by House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, Republicans in Congress held a hearing titled "Holiday on ICE" yesterday that mocked the Obama administration's plans to reform the immigrant detention system.