Leslie Berestein Rojas

Editor, Diverse Communities

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Leslie Berestein Rojas edits a team of reporters focused on diverse communities in Southern California, which is home to many new immigrants.

She previously covered immigrant and emerging communities and ran KPCC's Multi-American blog, which covered that topic.

Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

Federal memo is latest big immigration story

Back from Phoenix, to a new story out of Washington that’s generating a buzz: A leaked internal memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, whose contents Republican critics are saying suggest a “backdoor amnesty.

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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