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

In immigration news: Deportation policy changes weighed, Michigan affirmative action ban upheld, more

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is reportedly considering limiting the deportations of people without serious criminal records, as the agency reviews its deportation practices. This and more.

In immigration news: Supreme Court declines to revive part of SB 1070, more Latinos admitted to UC system, more

For the first time, the University of California system has admitted more Latino California residents as freshmen than non-Latino whites. This and more.

A new night market kicks off in Koreatown

The KTown Night Market runs through Saturday night. With a long list of K-Pop and hip-hop artists taking the stage, organizers have dubbed it "KTown Coachella."

In immigration news: Obama urges House to pass reform bill, policy change weighed for detainees, vigil for Korean ferry victims, more

President Obama is urging action from the GOP-led House on immigration reform as House Democrats try to force a vote on a reform bill. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action not part of Obama's plan, NYPD drops Muslim spying unit, 'Border Guards,' more

Both the White House and faith leaders who met with President Obama on Wednesday are saying there are no plans for Obama to take executive action on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Latest on House discharge petition, tax scammers target immigrants, more

In time for tax day, the Internal Revenue Service is warning people to watch out for phone scams targeting consumers, including recent immigrants. This and more.

In immigration news: Race and reform, immigration and the GOP in 2016, deportation ruling for Salvadoran ex-general, more

Is race a roadblock to immigration reform in Congress? Some critics in recent days have suggested that it is. This and more.

In immigration news: Asylum seekers at the border, Jeb Bush defends 'act of love' immigration comment, more

Many of the migrants now arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas are from Central America, and many come seeking asylum, fleeing poverty and gang violence in their native countries. This and more.

In immigration news: Pelosi cites race as reform roadblock, why some Asian Americans don't vote, California's Latino plurality, more

Is there more to the immigration impasse than partisan politics? House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thinks so. This and more.

California's Latino plurality: 'We're confident that it happened'

California state demographers projected that Latinos would become the largest ethnic group in the state in March - and it's most likely happened, they say. But they won't know for sure just when the tipping point came for some time.

In immigration news: Civil rights and immigration, fallout over stalled CA affirmative action proposal, Obama's immigrant aunt dies at 61, more

Some Asian American lawmakers in California are facing political backlash over a now-stalled state affirmative action proposal. This and more,

In immigration news: The youth movement, 'Tiger Mom' myth-busting, minors crossing border solo, more

Young immigrant activists have been using bolder protest tactics as they push for reform and put pressure on the Obama administration to curb deportations. This and more.

3 arrested in immigration sit-ins of DC offices of SoCal House members

Immigrant rights activists were arrested after sit-ins Monday at the Washington, D.C. offices of two House Democrats from Southern California.

In immigration news: Fewer deportation holds under CA Trust Act, Jeb Bush on illegal immigration as 'act of love,' more

A review of counties' data shows California law enforcement agencies holding fewer immigrants for deportation under the Trust Act, which took effect in January. This and more.

Federal budget proposes decrease in immigrant detention beds

In its fiscal year 2015 budget, the Obama administration proposes cutting the number of detention beds it pays for from 34,000 a day to about 30,500.