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 list of immigration bills being considered in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign or veto a controversial immigration bill, known as the TRUST Act, by the end of September. And it might not be the only state immigration bill that lands on Brown's desk in the near future.

In the news this morning: GOP pushes economy to Latinos at convention, child deportees on their own, Arizona's own border fence, more

GOP Convention: At First Latino Press Conference, it's the Economy vs Immigration - Fox News Latino While Spanish-language media pressed on immigration, "in the first Republican National Convention daily briefing for Latino press, the RNC and campaign of presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney stressed the need to revitalize the economy.

Beyond boba and good times in 'the (real) 626'

The region now officially known in local pop culture as "the 626" has become a point of pride for some second-generation Asian Americans, many of them children of Chinese immigrants who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and have since put their uniquely American cultural stamp on it.

More lenient immigration measures, but not all officials feel obligated to comply

Federal and state officials may be pushing through more lenient immigration policies lately, but this doesn't necessarily mean that officials beneath them plan to comply.

An ode to 'the 626'

In a piece that does a nice job of capturing the cultural evolution of the San Gabriel Valley - not to mention its eateries and and boba joints - the Los Angeles Times' Rosanna Xia interviews The Fung Brothers comedy duo of "the 626" celebrated in their hip-hop YouTube ode to the SGV.

In the news this morning: Deported parents, a 'summer school' for newcomers, how deferred action could help non-students, more

Parents deported, what happens to US-born kids? - Associated Press Exploring what happens to families with children in the aftermath of parents' deportation. Nearly 45,000 immigrant parents with kids in the U.

Post-Supreme Court, the state of state immigration enforcement laws

While the same judge who blocked key provisions of SB 1070 in Arizona weights if and when its most controversial section will be enforced, the trickle-down from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 in June has been taking effect in other states.

California's 'anti-Arizona' immigration bill on way to governor's desk

A California bill that would limit the extent to which local and state cops cooperate with federal immigration officials is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after clearing a final Assembly vote.

In the news this morning: Michelle Obama visits Sikh survivors, Romney needs more Latino votes, ICE agents sue over deferred action, more

First lady meets with victims, families of Sikh temple shooting - CNN Michelle Obama traveled to Wisconsin yesterday to meet with survivors and family members of those who died earlier this month in a shooting attack on a Sikh temple near Milwaukee.

California's ‘anti-Arizona’ bill on way to governor’s desk

A bill that would limit cooperation between state and local cops and federal immigration officials has cleared a final Assembly vote and now heads to Gov. Brown.

Anti-deferred action lawsuit brought by ICE agents and activists

A lawsuit filed today against top Homeland Security officials by immigration agents opposed to deferred action, which promises to grant temporary legal status to some young undocumented immigrants, has the support of high-profile immigration restriction advocates.

Attitudes toward children of undocumented immigrants have eased - sort of

Attitudes toward the children of undocumented immigrants receiving free public education have changed quite a bit since the days following California's epic Proposition 187 battle in 1994, when Californians voted to bar undocumented immigrants from public services, including public schools.

In the news this morning: Driver's license debate over deferred action, GOP embraces 'self-deportation,' kids and health disparities, more

Driver's license rules fuel new immigration debate - CNN Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer was the first to state that Arizona would not grant driver's licenses to young people who qualify for legal status under deferred action; now officials in other states are following her lead.

Attitudes toward children of undocumented immigrants have eased – sort of

A new poll suggests that Americans' attitudes toward children of undocumented immigrants receiving free public education have softened since 1995. But a majority still oppose it.

Out sick, back soon

I'm out sick at the moment, but hopefully not for long.