Entries by Leslie Berestein Rojas

Leslie Berestein Rojas

Who Had the Longest Wait for an Immigrant Visa This Month?

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, Jan 9, 2013 12:05 AM


Multi-American

It's a brand new year, but the wait for family-sponsored immigrant visas is about where we left it a month ago. As usual, brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens from the Philippines are enduring the longest waits, followed by these citizens' adult married sons and daughters. Hopeful immigrants from Mexico follow in line.

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Is It Time for a Term to Replace 'Minorities?'

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, May 25, 2012 9:00 AM

Multi-American

Sometime in July 2010, non-Latino white babies in the United States ceased to be the majority of new births, with children born to black, Latino, Asian and other parents of color accounting for more than 50 percent of children younger than one last year.

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Report: 'ICE did not clearly communicate...the intent of Secure Communities'

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, Apr 9, 2012 7:00 AM

Immigration officials may not have intentionally misled lawmakers or the public about the controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, but their communication strategy was a mess, according to an investigation by Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

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Multiple 'Dream Acts' Emerge Ahead of November Elections

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, Apr 3, 2012 9:30 AM

Multi-American

As November elections neared in 2010, the Democratic supporters of the immigration reform bill known as the Dream Act kicked into high gear, pushing it toward an eventual vote in the House and Senate that December.


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Civil Immigrant Detention: Kinder and Gentler, But Still a Boon for Private Prisons

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, Mar 14, 2012 12:35 PM

Multi-American

Almost three years ago, after a flurry of lawsuits alleging overcrowding, shoddy medical care and the unlawful detention of children in one former prison-turned-immigrant detention center in Texas, Homeland Security officials announced they’d be reforming the immigrant detention system.

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Is Prosecutorial Discretion Leading to Fewer Deportation Cases?

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, Feb 28, 2012 4:00 PM

Multi-American

Are the prosecutorial discretion guidelines issued by the Obama administration last year having an effect on the number of deportation cases that the administration is pursuing?

A new Syracuse University report suggests yes, federal immigration officials say no, and some lawmakers are calling “amnesty” nonetheless.

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The Growth of the 'Upscale Latino'

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, Feb 16, 2012 12:25 PM

Just what is an upscale Latino? Take a drive through some of the manicured suburban neighborhoods of Downey, Whittier, West Covina or parts of Glendale to get an idea. Or you can read a new report put together by Packaged Facts titled "Upscale Latino Consumers in the U.S.," which outlines the financial clout of "the 8.2 million Latino adults living in households with an income of $75,000 or more."

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Six Ways 9/11 Changed Immigration

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, Sep 10, 2011 12:30 AM

Multi-American

Post-9/11 security legislation known as the REAL ID Act allowed the government to waive environmental laws and litigation blocking border fence construction near San Diego, which called for filling in a canyon with 1.5 million cubic yards of dirt. 

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Why More Latinos Are Going to Prison

By Leslie Berestein Rojas, Sep 9, 2011 10:30 AM

Multi-American

A government report released yesterday revealed that for the first time, the majority of people being sentenced to federal prison for felony offenses are Latino.

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