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
County board votes to create a task force that would study how to make local arts institutions better reflect the region's ethnic mix
The ACLU and other legal groups say vendors' rights are being violated when private security guards and local police seize their property.
The city has resisted legalization for more than 20 years. Now, L.A.'s Economic Development Committee is examining ways a legal program might work.
A new report outlines ways the city could legalize street vendors. It includes a plan to legalize the industry citywide or to create special districts for vendors.
Hurricane Patricia has become the strongest hurricane ever recorded for the eastern north Pacific Ocean and has the potential to do catastrophic damage. Here's how you can help.
Neighbors on a street that flooded Monday say they need a better response from the city. Councilman Jose Huizar responded with a motion to step up street sweeps.
The Labor Department investigated how foreign workers were hired for SoCal Edison. It found that 2 of Edison's contractors did not violate the law.
KPCC catches up with the California Assemblyman and environmental activist in his home district, where immigrant families and industry exist side by side.
The visa program was due to sunset Sept. 30. But Congress extended the program through Dec. 11. Local EB-5 business centers say they've seen an uptick in interest.
This week at the El Mercadito shopping center in East Los Angeles, it seemed everybody was talking about the big game Saturday.
New foot patrols are stationed along Figueroa, where high-end shops have sprung up in recent years, but some residents say that's not where they're needed.
Under California law, immigrants without legal status can apply for professional licenses. That's brought a new crop of students to one cosmetology school in Downey.
The city has banned unpermitted business in parks and beaches, and enforcement begins Monday. Push cart vendors aren't eligible for permits, so some are on the move.
The U.S. will allow in 100,000 refugees starting in 2017, a 30 percent increase. Displaced Syrians will benefit most, but Africans are likely to follow.
After hearing feedback from residents on how sheriff's deputies should police and detain deportable immigrants accused of crimes, the department released slightly updated policies.