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: Unaccompanied minors on the rise, voter attitudes and reform, unions pressure House GOP, more

Government statistics show that last year, the U.S. Border Patrol took three times as many unaccompanied minors into custody as it did in 2008. This and more.

Same-sex couple applies SCOTUS ruling to attain green card

Maria de los Angeles Dominguez and U.S. citizen, Yamileth Escobar successfully tested the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling at an immigration interview.

In immigration news: Union group to target House GOP in ads, immigrant driver licenses, Arizona fence plan failing, more

The AFL-CIO is preparing to launch an immigration reform ad campaign that takes critical aim at House GOP lawmakers. This and more.

In immigration news: Border Patrol keeps deadly force policy, Obama courts CEOs, Gutierrez falls out with activists, more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is passing on recommendations that Border Patrol agents curb use of deadly force against rock-throwers. This and more.

In immigration news: Enforcement priorities, deportation holds, additional 'Dream 30' protesters released, more

As the federal government's enforcement priorities have shifted to immigrants with criminal records, some states and jurisdictions have tried to set boundaries. This and more.

In immigration news: Pressure on House GOP for reform, more co-sponsors for House bill, learning English as an adult, more

As pressure has mounted from pro-immigration reform conservatives this week, three House Republicans have by now signed onto a Democratic-backed immigration bill. This and more.

Hispanic? Latino? The identity debate continues

Pew Research has an update to the debate over "Hispanic" vs. "Latino" ethnic labels. Most survey respondents don't have a strong preference, unless they're in Texas.

In immigration news: Infosys pays record fine, dangerous routes into Europe, 'sanctuary' laws, more

An India-based tech giant pays a record fine for alleged immigration violations, more migrants are dying as they attempt to reach Europe, and some U.S. conservatives are rallying around a report on "sanctuary" laws. This and more.

Tech giant Infosys pays record fine over immigration violations

The India-based tech company is accused of bringing up to 6,000 foreign workers to the United States on visas intended for short-term stays.

In immigration news: Conservative activists lobby for reform in DC, 'Dream 30' protester deported, Alabama law settlement, more

A conservative 'fly-in' to Washington, D.C. brings advocates from business, religious groups, and others to lobby House Republicans for a vote on immigration reform. This and more.

In immigration news: House reform bill, Infosys faces immigration fine, offensive Halloween costumes, more

A House Democratic reform bill gets GOP support, an India-based outsourcing giant faces a record immigration fine, and a major chain gets complaints over racially offensive costumes. This and more.

Republican to co-sponsor Democratic immigration reform bill

Hopes for an immigration overhaul are revived after California Republican, Jeff Denham offers to co-sponsor a House Democratic immigration reform bill.

In immigration news: House bill gets GOP support, chances for reform, Latino political donors, more

A Republican co-sponsor has signed on to a Democratic House immigration reform bill. Does it mean better chances for an immigration overhaul this year? This and more.

In immigration news: A conservative campaign for reform, Obama's immigration plea, OC Tet festival canceled, more

President Obama has been making his case again for immigration reform this year, while pro-reform conservatives are mounting their own campaign. But can it work? This and more.

In immigration news: Obama calls for reform, GOP bill to offer temporary legal status, racism allegations in El Cajon, more

'We've kicked this particular can down the road for too long,' President Obama said during a Thursday speech calling for action on immigration reform. This and more.