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

Deportable or not? Immigrants in deportation proceedings caught between law and policy

A couple of posts last week explored how the high-profile deportation case of an undocumented student activist was testing a new deportation policy announced last month by the Obama administration, which stated that it would review the cases of some 300,000 immigrants with clean records deemed a "low priority" for removal.

After task force report, what's next for Secure Communities?

Multi-American's sister blog The Informant at KALW in San Francisco has been covering developments in the controversy over Secure Communities, an immigration enforcement program first rolled out in 2008 that allows the fingerprints of people booked into local jails to be shared with immigration authorities.

In the news this morning: Immigrants hope for last-minute deportation reprieves, 'Irvine 11' plan an appeal, Latino children and ADHD, more

Amid new guidelines, Va. woman's deportation case comes down to the last minute - The Washington Post Immigrants in the final stages of the deportation process hope for reprieves under guidelines announced by the Obama administration last month, intended to spare those deemed a low priority for removal.

Once a kid in a Vietnamese refugee camp, now a nominee for Ninth Circuit Court justice

The ImmigrationProf Blog reports that the Obama administration has nominated a judge who arrived as a child refugee from Vietnam to serve on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Were the 'Irvine 11' student protesters singled out for being Muslim?

An Orange County jury late this morning found 10 students known as the 'Irvine 11' guilty on two misdemeanor counts, one of conspiracy and one of disturbing a meeting, for their interruption of a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine last year.

American snapshot: East Los Angeles

Arizona? Sonora? No, East L.A.

In the news this morning: E-Verify bill faces challenges, allegations of mistreatment at border, DHS reviews Secure Communities, more

House immigration status-check bill faces tough road – USA Today A bill requiring private businesses to use a federal database to check the legal status of job applicants has made it through the House Judiciary Committee, but it's expected to have a difficult time making it past the full House and the Senate.

Student leader's deportation no longer imminent, but case still tests new guidelines

A well-known undocumented student leader and UCLA graduate is tweeting that his electronic ankle bracelet has been removed after supporters made calls on his behalf, but that his deportation order remains in place.

Two series: The migrants who arrive, and the ones who go back

There are a couple of ongoing public media series worth checking out this month that relate to migrants, both the people who arrive at their destination and those forced to return.

Uh-oh, where will 'Scarface' be from this time?

Another "Scarface" in the works? Apparently so, which means it's time to prepare for yet another criminal immigrant stereotype antihero.

In the news this morning: Ethnicity's role in New York police spying case, E-Verify bill clears House committee, day laborer ordinance, more

More cases of NYPD ethnic spying exposed - CBS News Ethnicity played a role in the surveillance conducted by New York police on Muslim neighborhoods, according to documents and interviews; Moroccan immigrants were one of the groups targeted.

A high-profile challenge to the White House's new deportation guidelines

Last month, the Obama administration announced that it would review some 300,000 cases of immigrants in the deportation pipeline, potentially sparing many deemed a low priority for deportation from removal.

Report: Children growing up in the shadows face 'multiple yet unrecognizable developmental consequences'

The Harvard Educational Review has published a fall special issue dedicated to immigration, youth and education, the highlight of which is a report released today called "Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status.

In the news this morning: FBI counterterrorism training, border report alleges mistreatment, undocumented children at risk, E-Verify, more

Report: FBI Counterterrorism Trainings Paint Muslims As 'Violent' And 'Radical' : The Two-Way - NPR The evolving controversy surrounding how the FBI has trained its agents on the subject of Islam, most recently over the incendiary presentations made by one intelligence analyst.

Youth and punishment: The 'hypercriminalization' of black and brown boys

It’s been another travel day, which means more good airplane reading.