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: Obama talks immigration reform, more migrants at border, voter ID laws and Latinos, more

Obama, in off-the-record interview, laid out plans to fiscal, immigration deals - NBC The White House has allowed the release of a transcript of an originally off-the-record Des Moines Register interview in which President Obama talked about unfinished busines he plans to get done in a second term if elected, including comprehensive immigration reform.

Latinos' preference for Obama part of a trend as GOP loses their support

A recently released Pew Hispanic Center survey found overwhelming support for President Barack Obama among Latino voters; there are also more Latinos favoring the Democratic party today. It's part of a gradual trend.

In the news this morning: Asian American voters, no immigration in foreign policy debate, more

Voting campaigns target Asian Americans - Los Angeles Times Various campaigns are aimed at getting Asian Americans to vote, including one involving a "blitz of mailers, multilingual phone banks and online tool kits for Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Thai and Vietnamese voters.

The case for living in two languages

The co-authors of new book titled "Bilingual is Better" are the same two bloggers and bicultural moms behind Spanglish Baby, a go-to site for parents trying to raise bilingual kids. They share their insight and personal stories in a Q&A.

Disney's Princess Sofia: Not Latina but 'mixed-heritage'

After a Disney executive producer commented to press that a new Disney princess to be unveiled next month was to be Latina, Disney is clarifying her ethnicity.

In the news this morning: Immigration stance wins Obama support, King defends 'bird dog' comment, overlooked Latino voters, more

Obama immigration stance locks in Hispanic support - Associated Press Obama's evolving immigration stance, especially a recent order allowing legal status for some young undocumented immigrants, has gained him support from Latinos who have been trending Democratic in light of stricter GOP positions on immigration.

Is Disney's new princess 'dark enough'? Readers react

So what should a Latina Disney princess look like, anyway? We asked the question, and you answered.

In the news this morning: Baca sued over immigration holds, a Latina Disney princess, AP clarifies 'illegal' usage in memo, more

ACLU sues Sheriff Baca over jail refusals - Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of people who allege having been denied bail for minor offenses after they were subjected to immigration holds.

Disney has a new princess, Sofia, but is she Latina enough?

There's a new princess joining Disney's ethnic princess roster. This time, she's Latina. And, not surprisingly, some people are already at odds over whether she's Latina enough.

Report: Catholic Latinos favor Obama, but evangelical Latinos are split

Latinos' religion factors into how they identify politically and which presidential candidate they support, according to a new survey.

In the news this morning: New Cuba policy doesn't ease legal immigration, appeals court decisions in Arizona and Alabama, more

Despite immigration policy change, no easy path from Cuba to U.S. - Associated Press The Cuban government's recent decision to make it easier for Cubans to obtain exit visas doesn't necessarily open the floodgates, experts say, as Cubans must still obtain permission from the U.

Book excerpt: Five myths about raising bilingual kids

The authors of a new book titled "Bilingual is Better" make that case pretty well, offering reassurance to parents trying to raise their children to speak more than one language.

Deportation vs. self-deportation in the debate, deciphered

Deportation and "self-deportation" have been sore spots for President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and they got into it during Tuesday night's debate

In the news this morning: Immigration in last night's debate, LA has the most Asian immigrants, Arizona's voter ID law, more

Obama hits Romney on 'self-deporation' of illegal immigrants - Los Angeles Times Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "self-deportation" comment from earlier in the year was part of a spirited back-and-forth on immigration between Romney and President Obama in last night's presidential debate.

LA gets closer to having a city ID card available to undocumented immigrants

In case you missed it earlier on KPCC's political blog Represent!, a Los Angeles City Council committee today unanimously approved a proposal from Councilman Richard Alarcon that would have the city create a municipal ID card.