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

What's in a name: Oaxacalifornia

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In the news this morning

Good morning. Here are a few of the top immigration stories from the weekend and for today.

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In the news this morning

Good morning. There are several interesting stories out there today, including some locally:

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The year of the ethnic reality TV series

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On the Patt Morrison show: the debate over the 14th Amendment

Starting at 1 p.m., 89.3 KPCC's Patt Morrison will discuss the growing political debate over the 14th Amendment as more GOP leaders join a movement to curb birthright citizenship, with the goal of denying citizenship to U.

In the news this morning

With Arizona and SB 1070 mostly off the radar for now, there's a little more variety this week in immigration-related news, and the debate over the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship is at the top of the list.

Emotional rally ends DREAM Act hunger strike

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MALDEF staying neutral on Kagan confirmation

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Picketers target Meg Whitman's East L.A. campaign office

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DREAM Act hunger strikers decide to quit

The students who began a hunger strike two weeks ago today outside California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in Westwood have announced plans to end their strike with a vigil there tonight.

Video exemplifies SB 1070 confusion: Police can and do alert immigration authorites, even in CA