Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
The federal government has scaled back the voluntary program known as 287(g) in recent years; LA County is one of two local counties still participating.
In immigration news: LA joins citizenship initiative, Border Patrol body cameras, an ISIS fact check, more
Los Angeles is participating in a “Cities for Citizenship" project, with $1.1 billion in funding from corporate partner Citigroup. This and more.
In immigration news: Cities push for citizenship, confirmation hearing for new ICE chief, immigration and tight Senate races, more
The mayors of Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are launching an initiative to encourage more legal residents to become citizens. This and more.
Mental health providers and school officials say it's important to reach recently-arrived child migrants from Central America, many of whom witnessed violence back home and along the way.
A new poll of California voters has 48 percent saying unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally should stay while awaiting hearings; 46 percent say they should go. This and more.
In immigration news: New detention center proposed, feds say no border ISIS threat, deportations slow, more
A new immigrant detention center that would house families is being proposed in South Texas. This and more.
In immigration news: Fewer migrant deaths, backlash over executive action delay, sanctuary churches, more
Fewer migrant deaths are being reported north of the U.S.-Mexico border, with the number of known deaths down from a year ago. This and more.
In immigration news: Executive action delay, fewer Central American migrants, Oregon driver's licenses, more
President Obama has delayed taking executive action until after the midterm elections, prompting anger from immigration reform advocates. This and more.
In immigration news: Obama promises executive action announcement, some Dems wary of White House move, Lennon's immigration legacy, more
President Obama is indicating that he might take action on immigration before the November elections. This and more.
The number of unaccompanied child migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has continued to decline since earlier this year. This and more.
Two new reports suggest that while there are fewer immigrants in the US illegally than before the recession, more have stayed long-term - and make up a sizeable chunk of the state's workforce.
Close to 2,000 child migrants were reunited with relatives in LA County since the start of the year.
In immigration news: Feds say migrant kids not mistreated, concern over border militias, immigrants risk losing insurance, more
Federal investigators say they've been unable to substantiate complaints from advocates that unaccompanied minor migrants were mistreated after being taken into custody. This and more.
In immigration news: How executive action could prompt a budget war, voluntary return settlement, an immigration court judge speaks out, more
Opposition from some GOP lawmakers to President Obama's immigration plans could lead to a budget showdown this fall. This and more.
The nation's immigration courts face an unprecedented backlog of cases. Much of that strain falls on the judges, who ultimately decide who can stay and who cannot.