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

Readers weigh in: Does not speaking your family's native tongue make you any less culturally authentic?

After San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivered the keynote address during the Democratic National Convention last week, part of the conversation afterward revolved around his lack of fluency in Spanish.

In the news this morning: Deferred action applications, a Canadian start-up visa, city ID cards for immigrants debated, more

Program offering immigrants reprieve is off to quick start - New York Times Some 72,000 young undocumented immigrants have filed applications for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status, since the program's application process kicked off a month ago.

'The wrong response to the losses suffered': Three takes on 9/11 and immigrants

Today's 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks hasn't met with the same news coverage or high-profile observances as did last year's decade anniversary, but the long-term effects of the attacks are no less relevant today.

A city ID card for undocumented immigrants: How would it work?

Los Angeles city officials are proposing a multi-use library ID card that undocumented immigrants could use not only in city libraries, but as an alternate form of identification that would allow them access to other services, including banking at some institutions.

In the news this morning: September 11 and immigrants, library ID cards could benefit undocumented, Alabama law appeal, more

How September 11 touched some immigrants - Miami Herald An essay remembers the reactions of some immigrants on the day following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which occurred 11 years ago today.

Are you less 'authentic' for not speaking your family's native language?

NBC Latino contributor Raul A. Reyes has an interesting opinion piece today on the by now much-publicized fact that San Antonio mayor and rising Democratic party star Julian Castro isn't fluent in Spanish.

Exploring the 'Barrios to Burbs' rise of Mexican immigrant families

If you didn't catch her earlier this morning on KPCC's Brand & Martinez, check out this interview with University of Southern California sociologist and Multi-American regular Jody Agius Vallejo, who has spent years studying middle-class Latinos in Los Angeles.

In the news this morning: Deferred action snags, border repatriation program ending, another Latino content site, more

Divided by immigration policy - New York Times The 30-and-under age limit and other factors tied to deferred action, a new policy that allows some young undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary legal status, is affecting families in which some members can apply and some not.

Yes, a Cuban American at the DNC (Video)

As far as historic moments during national political conventions go, the second night of the Democratic National Convention yesterday racked up a couple of them. Number one was what is perhaps the most public appearance ever by an out-of-the-closet undocumented immigrant, 27-year-old Benita Veliz, a college graduate and former high school valedictorian brought to the U.

American snapshot: Chinatown

In downtown L.A.'s old Chinatown, across the river from the mostly Latino historic Boyle Heights neighborhood, it's not that unusual to see otherwise Chinese-style bakeries advertising Latin American baked goods.

In the news this (late) morning: SB 1070's 'papers please' provision gets green light, an undocumented speaker at DNC, more

Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law - CBS News A federal judge has cleared the way for a contested provision of SB 1070 allowing police to check for immigration status to take effect.

Now that Arizona's 'papers please' law has green light, what's next?

The most contested provision of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law has been cleared to go into effect, although chances are the legal saga surrounding the 2010 law is far from over.

SB 1070 'papers please' provision has green light — what now?

A judge has cleared the way for a controversial section of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law to take effect, allowing police to check immigration status.

California's undocumented immigrant driver's license bill: What it does, who it benefits

Now that a California bill which would give certain undocumented immigrants the right to a driver's license is on its way to the governor's office, it's a good time to explain just what it does and who it benefits.

'The unlikely journey that brought me here': Weighing the Julian Castro effect

It's been a week of immigrant stories tied to the 2012 election, starting with the many related by GOP politicos (along with candidate Mitt Romney's son) at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week.