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

California's Latino plurality brings a sense of déjà vu

For the first time, Latinos are the largest population group in California. But it's not the first time that Californians of Spanish descent have outnumbered non-Hispanic whites in the state.

In immigration news: May Day rallies, conservative activists pressure lawmakers, Latinos and Obamacare, more

Protesters calling for immigration reform and a halt to deportations marched in Los Angeles and elsewhere on Thursday. This and more.

How past lessons can benefit states, localities if immigration reform happens

If Congress does approve a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants at some point, would state and local governments be prepared to handle the related workload?

In immigration news: Zero tolerance at the border, what happened to the Minutemen, native-born Latinos on the rise, more

There were 9.6 million babies born to Latino parents in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010, while new arrivals from Latin America numbers about 6.5 million. This and more.

Report: It's the native-born, not immigrants, who now drive US Latino population growth

The number of Latinos born in the US - and coming of age - continues to rise as the number of newcomers from Latin America has declined.

In immigration news: No reform 'conspiracy,' a tech-advocacy rift, Virginia in-state tuition, Christians and immigration, more

A recent comment from a high-ranking Democrat has House Speaker John Boehner insisting that there is no “conspiracy” to push immigration reform through the House. This and more.

In immigration news: DHS chief talks immigration and values, immigrants preparing for CA licenses, higher graduation rates, a folk-hero smuggler, more

Next January is the target date for when unauthorized immigrants may begin applying for a special driver's license under a new California law, but many are already preparing. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate GOP opposition to deportation reviews, law license bill in FL, Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' controversy, more

In a letter, several Republican members of the Senate spell out their opposition to the Obama administration's review of deportation policies. This and more.

In immigration news: Deportation policy changes weighed, Michigan affirmative action ban upheld, more

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is reportedly considering limiting the deportations of people without serious criminal records, as the agency reviews its deportation practices. This and more.

In immigration news: Supreme Court declines to revive part of SB 1070, more Latinos admitted to UC system, more

For the first time, the University of California system has admitted more Latino California residents as freshmen than non-Latino whites. This and more.

A new night market kicks off in Koreatown

The KTown Night Market runs through Saturday night. With a long list of K-Pop and hip-hop artists taking the stage, organizers have dubbed it "KTown Coachella."

In immigration news: Obama urges House to pass reform bill, policy change weighed for detainees, vigil for Korean ferry victims, more

President Obama is urging action from the GOP-led House on immigration reform as House Democrats try to force a vote on a reform bill. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action not part of Obama's plan, NYPD drops Muslim spying unit, 'Border Guards,' more

Both the White House and faith leaders who met with President Obama on Wednesday are saying there are no plans for Obama to take executive action on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Latest on House discharge petition, tax scammers target immigrants, more

In time for tax day, the Internal Revenue Service is warning people to watch out for phone scams targeting consumers, including recent immigrants. This and more.

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.