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 day after the pared-down SB 1070 takes effect, questions linger

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Next up, the Arizona law's supporters

Missing conspicuously from Thursday's Phoenix protests against SB 1070 were counter-protesters. Since the Arizona measure was signed into law in April, its supporters have staged rallies and attempted to counter a nationwide boycott of Arizona by SB 1070 opponents with a "buycott" campaign, urging people to travel to the state and spend money.

From the notebook, quotes that summed up the day

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American snapshot: Phoenix

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Rounding out the day in Phoenix

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Protesters, cops clash at county booking jail

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Civil disobedience at Sheriff Arpaio's booking facility

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Tension and a heavy police presence as protesters shout 'Arrest Arpaio'

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Wearing his message on his shirt

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More Phoenix protests, and a few arrests

Anti-SB 1070 protesters have gathered at different locations throughout downtown Phoenix, with some marching on to the state Capitol following a morning prayer service, while others stage a protest across the street from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

'I want to support these people'

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Anti-SB 1070 march gets underway

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Waiting to march

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A college graduate hopes to legalize

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'Yesterday, my brother was going to leave'

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