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

Immigration reform: Obama to sign executive order; Republicans won't 'stand idle'

A day after announcing he would act to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, President Obama was in Las Vegas to sign the order Friday.

In immigration news: Obama to sign executive order, Secure Communities replaced, what's next for immigrants, more

President Obama's immigration plan touches on almost every aspect of the immigration system, from deportation relief for millions to border security and the immigration courts. This and more.

FAQ: President Obama's executive order on immigration

What's changing? When does it go into effect? How does it affect me? Find the answers to these and other questions here.

Immigration reform: What Obama's executive action means for California

In California, where 83 percent of unauthorized immigrants are estimated to have lived in the U.S. for five years or more, the effects could be staggering.

In immigration news: Executive action details, GOP backlash, a 'disproportionate' effect in California, more

It's expected that President Obama's executive action plan will offer relief from deportation to certain groups of immigrants, such as the parents of U.S. citizens. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama announcement expected Thursday, border security, more

President Obama is now expected to announce his much-anticipated executive action on immigration Thursday. This and more.

California sees decline in immigrants in US illegally, Pew says

The Pew Research Center finds the total number of immigrants here in the U.S. unlawfully is unchanged, but East Coast states are seeing gains while border states like California have seen declines.

In immigration news: Preparations for executive action, a looming political battle, legal providers brace themselves, more

It's still not clear just what President Obama will announce on immigration, but politicians, legal providers, and many others are getting ready. This and more.

Legal service providers brace for an Obama immigration plan

Pro-bono legal providers who handle immigration cases are bracing themselves for the workload if President Obama extends protection from deportation to more immigrants.

In immigration news: Executive action, legislative blowback, planned GOP border bill, CA driver's licenses, more

As the Obama administration prepares to announce plans for executive action on immigration, GOP leaders are considering ways to block it. This and more.

Vote on Boyle Heights Mariachi Plaza development postponed

The MTA board delayed a decision until February, allowing more time for public input on plans to construct 120,000 square feet of retail and medical office space.

In immigration news: The coming executive action war, another blow for SB 1070, how relatives' status affects Latino health coverage, more

As President Obama contemplates taking executive action on immigration, GOP leaders are preparing for a fight. This and more.

Big development planned for Boyle Heights' Mariachi Plaza

The iconic plaza, long home to musicians seeking work, could be transformed if the MTA Board approves plans for new retail and office construction surrounding it.

In immigration news: GOP leaders warn Obama on executive action, Latino and Asian voters in the midterms, more

House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders are warning President Obama of consequences if Obama takes solo action on immigration. This and more.

OC Republican victories impact Democratic supermajority

Election wins by candidates Janet Nguyen and Young Kim reverberate in the state Capitol, and may mark a shift in the GOP's relationship with Asian-Americans.