Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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: Court hearings delayed for years, talk of another executive action lawsuit, more

The federal Justice Department has reportedly been notifying thousands of immigrants that their cases are being delayed by almost five years. This and more.

What's next for Boyle Heights' Mariachi Plaza?

Now that the MTA plans to go back to the drawing board on development for Mariachi Plaza, what do residents and merchants want? It depends on who you ask.

In immigration news: Texas v. United States, White House pushes economic benefits, Cuban migration on the rise, more

Nevada and Tennessee are the latest to join a multi-state lawsuit that seeks to block President Obama's executive immigration order from taking effect. This and more.

Garcetti defends Obama immigration order in federal court

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is one of a long list of mayors who have signed an amicus brief supporting President Obama's executive order on immigration.

In immigration news: CA driver's licenses, anti-executive action lawsuit, half of federal arrests tied to immigration, more

More than 25,000 immigrants have already received special California driver's licenses under AB 60, and are putting them to use on the road. This and more.

For some immigrant drivers: No more fear of police

More than 25,000 immigrants have already received driver's licenses under the new law. Many were already driving--though fearfully.

In immigration news: Sessions set to chair Senate immigration panel, executive action could be hard to revoke, more

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has reportedly been named to chair the Senate committee that oversees immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: House border bill moves forward, Calderón on immigration, Cuba talks, more

A GOP-backed House bill that calls for more border security has passed in committee, with a floor vote expected next week. This and more.

In immigration news: State of the Union, Garcetti on immigration, scam artists, more

President Obama gave relatively little mention to immigration during his SOTU address Tuesday. This and more.

MTA may be having second thoughts on Boyle Heights development

A proposal to develop retail and medical office space at Mariachi Plaza has drawn controversy. MTA suggests it may have second thoughts.

In immigration news: Border bill, California health policies, how Alhambra cops reach Chinese immigrants, more

A House committee is set to begin marking up a new border bill this week that would authorize 27 new miles of fence. This and more.

Local Cuba travel agents expect boost in business

Agents who book trips to Cuba are bracing for more demand, days after the Obama administration relaxed its rules. But travelers must still go for a specific purpose.

In immigration news: Mexican birth certificates available in US, states' anti-executive action lawsuit gets hearing, more

Mexican nationals in the US will now be able to obtain copies of their birth certificates at their consulates, without having to leave the country. This and more.

In immigration news: White House criticizes House vote, LA-area immigrants eligible for relief, Mexican consulates to issue birth certificates, more

An estimated 466,000 LA County residents could be eligible for immigration relief under President Barack Obama's executive order, most of them as the parents of US citizens and legal residents. This and more.

Executive action: 466,000 in LA County could qualify; most are parents

An estimated 466,000 immigrants in L.A. County could be eligible for relief under Obama's executive order. Most are the parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents.