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: Voter polls, school for detained kids, Colorado driver's license glitch, more

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.

In immigration news: Fewer child migrants at border, unauthorized workers, visa fraud scam, 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.

Unauthorized immigrants: Staying longer, raising families, and part of the economy

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.

Thousands of child migrants reunited with family in CA

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.

Understaffed immigration judges face rise of migrant cases

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.

Voluntary return immigration settlement: What happens next?

A settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Department of Homeland Security could allow some people who were voluntarily repatriated to Mexico to come back.

Follow a teen through the 'strange experience' of immigration court

According to a 2008 law designed to protect trafficking victims, minors under 18 from countries that don’t share a border with the U.S. must have an immigration hearing. For a 17-year-old named Yoel, court was an intimidating experience.

For kids facing a judge in immigration court, 'a strange experience'

The immigration court process can be daunting enough for adults, but it's especially so for children and teens.

In immigration news: Mexico to step up enforcement, executive action plans, immigrants and housing, more

The Mexican government reportedly plans to step up railway surveillance in hopes of deterring U.S.-bound Central American migrants. This and more.