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: Race and reform, immigration and the GOP in 2016, deportation ruling for Salvadoran ex-general, more

Is race a roadblock to immigration reform in Congress? Some critics in recent days have suggested that it is. This and more.

In immigration news: Asylum seekers at the border, Jeb Bush defends 'act of love' immigration comment, more

Many of the migrants now arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas are from Central America, and many come seeking asylum, fleeing poverty and gang violence in their native countries. This and more.

In immigration news: Pelosi cites race as reform roadblock, why some Asian Americans don't vote, California's Latino plurality, more

Is there more to the immigration impasse than partisan politics? House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thinks so. This and more.

California's Latino plurality: 'We're confident that it happened'

California state demographers projected that Latinos would become the largest ethnic group in the state in March - and it's most likely happened, they say. But they won't know for sure just when the tipping point came for some time.

In immigration news: Civil rights and immigration, fallout over stalled CA affirmative action proposal, Obama's immigrant aunt dies at 61, more

Some Asian American lawmakers in California are facing political backlash over a now-stalled state affirmative action proposal. This and more,

In immigration news: The youth movement, 'Tiger Mom' myth-busting, minors crossing border solo, more

Young immigrant activists have been using bolder protest tactics as they push for reform and put pressure on the Obama administration to curb deportations. This and more.

3 arrested in immigration sit-ins of DC offices of SoCal House members

Immigrant rights activists were arrested after sit-ins Monday at the Washington, D.C. offices of two House Democrats from Southern California.

In immigration news: Fewer deportation holds under CA Trust Act, Jeb Bush on illegal immigration as 'act of love,' more

A review of counties' data shows California law enforcement agencies holding fewer immigrants for deportation under the Trust Act, which took effect in January. This and more.

Federal budget proposes decrease in immigrant detention beds

In its fiscal year 2015 budget, the Obama administration proposes cutting the number of detention beds it pays for from 34,000 a day to about 30,500.

LA bank founder confirmed to head Small Business Administration

The Senate has approved ProAmérica Bank founder Maria Contreras-Sweet to head the federal agency.

Census: LA County surpassed 10M residents in 2013

New census data confirm that Los Angeles County is now the nation's most populous. The population of the state also grew from 2012 to 2013.

In immigration news: House Dems file petition for reform vote, detainee hunger strike resumes, border town life, more

House Democrats have introduced their planned discharge petition, a procedural move intended to force a vote on a House immigration reform bill. This and more.

In immigration news: House Dems plan petition to force reform vote, 'Dreamers' and DACA, Pacific Islanders in the US, more

House Democrats are planning to try what's called a discharge petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a broad immigration reform bill. This and more.

Report: Latinos would gain from proposed minimum wage hike

A report from a labor group looks at the possible effect on Latino workers as the Senate prepares to vote on a federal minimum wage bill.

Group aims to get more Latinos signed up for health coverage

The organizers of a health coverage fair Saturday in downtown Los Angeles aim to get more Latinos insured under the Affordable Care Act before the March 31 deadline.