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: GOP reform principles, Obama's reaction, migrant deaths on the border, Lunar New Year, more

The House GOP's template for immigration reform would allow a way for young unauthorized immigrants who arrived as minors to obtain legal status and U.S. citizenship, but it stops at legalization with 'no special path to citizenship' for others. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP set to unveil reform plan, the 'Deport Bieber' petition, aging populations and immigrants, more,

House GOP leaders are preparing to unveil an immigration reform blueprint. This and more.

The Real SGV: "The Changs Next Door to the Diazes"

In the west San Gabriel Valley, where Asians and Latinos have long lived side by side, author Wendy Cheng finds a unique brand of Southern California identity.

Obama's brevity on immigration draws wide range of reactions

President Obama only uttered 121 words regarding immigration in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but it's prompted many more in reaction.

In immigration news: Obama treads cautiously in SOTU speech, CA wage hike proposal seeks to deter migrants, more

President Obama spoke of fixing the "broken immigration system" and urged bipartisanship during his State of the Union address, but he didn't get into specifics. This and more.

Activist Ron Unz proposes a new minimum wage hike - with the aim of deterring illegal immigration

A proposed California initiative calling for a new minimum wage hike isn’t coming from Democrats this time, but from a conservative entrepreneur and activist who hopes to deter illegal immigration.

LA employment agency owner sentenced for visa fraud

The owner of People’s Resources International Services in Wilshire Center was sentenced to two years in prison after allegedly falsifying at least 100 work visa petitions.

In immigration news: GOP reform plan expected this week, immigration in State of the Union, cops say Santa Ana killing not hate crime, more

An immigration reform template expected this week from House Republicans is likely to call for a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants, but not citizenship. This and more.

Salvadoran Americans vote in national election by mail for first time

For the first time, Salvadorans abroad are voting by mail in next week's national election. But some say it's been a frustrating process.

In immigration news: Fewer immigrants, ICE Kern County courthouse arrests, relatively few crossing border in California, more

An analysis of census data suggests that fewer people arrived in the U.S. as immigrants between July 2012 and July 2013 than they did a year earlier. This and more.

In immigration news: An app for reform supporters, feds to limit shackling in court, immigrants wanted in Detroit, more

A new app allows users to learn about their elected representatives' position on immigration reform measures, and how best to contact them. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP reform 'principles' and legal status, Covered California enrollment, Latino vs. Hispanic, more

A high-ranking House Republican says he'll support legal status for unauthorized immigrants, but not a path to U.S. citizenship. This and more.

In immigration news: State laws, Supreme Court weighs 'aging out' visa case, immigrants and the ACA, more

Immigrant-friendly measures have been embraced lately in a growing number of states, but tough enforcement laws enacted in recent years remain in place in others. This and more.

California's shifting population: Latino plurality is taking a little bit longer

The state's Latino population was supposed to have surpassed that of non-Latino whites last summer. But with fewer babies born than expected, the target date has been reset to March.

California PUC: No social will be needed to apply for state low-income phone service

People who lack a Social Security number will again be able to apply for low-cost California Lifeline phone service, according to a Public Utilities Commission decision that also extends the basic service to wireless users.