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
In immigration news: An 'amnesty' fact check, Latino and Asian American voters, immigration in a GOP Senate, more
Has President Obama promised 'amnesty' after the election to 11 million immigrants without legal status? No, he hasn't. This and more.
A new report suggests civic engagement among the nation's fastest growing racial group, Asian-Americans, is steadily improving.
In immigration news: Dems' Latino support slips, activists push executive action, tapping Asian American voters, more
A new poll shows Latino voters disappointed over President Obama's handling of immigration. This and more.
In immigration news: Napolitano backs executive action, Latino voters and the midterms, LA's Thai Town, more
Former Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says she supports the idea of President Obama taking action on immigration. This and more.
In immigration news: Fewer border deaths, Ebola-related discrimination, military program on hold, more
Reported border-crossing deaths are at their lowest point in 15 years, in part as more Central American migrants crossing through Texas have been presenting themselves to authorities, seeking asylum. This and more.
In immigration news: Released detainees, speculation over executive action, border deaths, new citizens called to civic duty, more
Records show that among the 2,000-plus people released from immigrant detention last year in a money-saving move by the government, some had faced serious criminal charges. This and more.
Voting officials register new U.S. citizens right after the naturalization ceremony. While everyone else had to register by Monday, the newly naturalized are excepted.
In immigration news: The diverse 'second great wave' of immigrants, executive action, Hawaii's Latino population, more
As immigrant networks have spread out in recent decades, parts of the US far beyond the urban centers have become increasingly diverse. This and more.
In L.A.'s growing Asian American community, many potential voters are foreign-born, and language has proven an obstacle to turnout at the polls.
A growing number of police agencies are denying federal requests for immigration holds on immigrants in their custody; immigration officials say some agencies have released people with previous criminal convictions. This and more.
In immigration news: Honduran deportees, Latino voters and the midterms, tech company pushes immigration 'TurboTax,' more
A new report from Human Rights Watch charges that people being deported to Honduras from the US face danger when they return. This and more.
In immigration news: Ebola as political border threat, the complexity of 287(g), a binational family, more
The latest political border threat may be moving from terrorists to disease in the wake of Ebola virus. This and more.
Exactly what type of crime can land a LA County inmate in federal immigration detention after time served? Critics say the rules aren't clearly defined.
In immigration news: Economy spurs US-bound migration, most child migrants attending court hearings, more
According to census data, the number of foreign-born people in the US is up over the previous year, making for the biggest gain since 2006. This and more.
In immigration news: Uncertainty over executive action, the fate of migrant kids, long-distance immigration hearings, more
President Obama indicated last month that there would be some sort of executive action on immigration after the midterms, but some are expressing doubts. This and more.