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: Napolitano stepping down to head UC, discord over House piecemeal reform approach, more
The head of Homeland Security, the agency that oversees immigration and national security, is stepping down to head the University of California system. This and more.
In immigration news: Senate plan hits resistance in House, the demographics of reform opponents' districts, more
As expected, the Senate's immigration reform plan has hit resistance in the House, where GOP members are split and some are pitching scaled-back alternatives. This and more.
After president Mohammed Morsi’s removal by the military, ex-pats are worried about what the move bodes for the future of Egypt's fledgling democracy.
In immigration news: Egyptian Americans react to upheaval, analysis says 'border surge' would cut illegal entries, more
Egyptian Americans are tensely following news from Egypt as more political upheaval unfolds with the military ousting of president Mohammed Morsi. This and more.
The immigration reform plan passed by the Senate may not pass the House, but people are getting their paperwork in order just in case.
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In immigration news: Senate bill's border focus criticized, amended CA 'Trust Act' moves forward, Anaheim and Latino voters, more
Some Democrats are joining immigrant activists in protesting the approved Senate immigration bill's heavy border security component, saying it goes too far. This and more.
The amended immigration bill cleared a Senate committee Tuesday, having included changes that sponsors hope will gain the favor of Gov. Jerry Brown.
In immigration news: Senate plan benefits contractors, green cards for same-sex spouses, the GOP's reform dilemma, more
The immigration reform plan approved last week by the Senate would benefit not only immigrants who could legalize, but also federal contractors who provide border security. This and more.
Two observers of the immigration debate provide perspectives and measure the odds of a bill actually making it to President Obama's desk.
In immigration news: Reform and the House GOP, the Senate bill's critics on the left, CA Latinos about to equal whites, more
What next as the battle over immigration reform moves to the House, California's imminent population shift, and more.
In immigration news: What's next for immigration reform, DOMA and bi-national couples, immigrants react to Senate vote, more
Now that the Senate has approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill, its future depends on what happens in the House. Prospects may be slim, but supporters are pushing on. This and more.
A Pew Research Center study says 46% of eligible Latino immigrants become citizens, compared with 71% percent of all immigrants.
In immigration news: Vote on Senate reform bill expected today, how the DOMA ruling affects bi-national couples, more
A vote on the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform plan is expected this afternoon. The bill is expected to pass in the Senate, but prospects for reform in the House aren't as good. This and more.
The ruling today paves the way for gay and lesbian U.S. citizens to sponsor a foreign-born spouse on an immigrant visa.