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: GOP reform plan expected this week, immigration in State of the Union, cops say Santa Ana killing not hate crime, more

An immigration reform template expected this week from House Republicans is likely to call for a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants, but not citizenship. This and more.

Salvadoran Americans vote in national election by mail for first time

For the first time, Salvadorans abroad are voting by mail in next week's national election. But some say it's been a frustrating process.

In immigration news: Fewer immigrants, ICE Kern County courthouse arrests, relatively few crossing border in California, more

An analysis of census data suggests that fewer people arrived in the U.S. as immigrants between July 2012 and July 2013 than they did a year earlier. This and more.

In immigration news: An app for reform supporters, feds to limit shackling in court, immigrants wanted in Detroit, more

A new app allows users to learn about their elected representatives' position on immigration reform measures, and how best to contact them. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP reform 'principles' and legal status, Covered California enrollment, Latino vs. Hispanic, more

A high-ranking House Republican says he'll support legal status for unauthorized immigrants, but not a path to U.S. citizenship. This and more.

In immigration news: State laws, Supreme Court weighs 'aging out' visa case, immigrants and the ACA, more

Immigrant-friendly measures have been embraced lately in a growing number of states, but tough enforcement laws enacted in recent years remain in place in others. This and more.

California's shifting population: Latino plurality is taking a little bit longer

The state's Latino population was supposed to have surpassed that of non-Latino whites last summer. But with fewer babies born than expected, the target date has been reset to March.

California PUC: No social will be needed to apply for state low-income phone service

People who lack a Social Security number will again be able to apply for low-cost California Lifeline phone service, according to a Public Utilities Commission decision that also extends the basic service to wireless users.

In immigration news: Reform plans from GOP due out soon, #HowIMetYourRacism, an effort to recognize Muslim holidays, more

House GOP leaders could release a set of immigration reform 'principles' as early as next week. There will be a legalization component, but the plan won't go as far as the Senate's. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP reform 'principles,' CA Latinos to surpass non-Latino whites, whether Bieber can be 'deported,' more

According to data in the proposed state budget, the Latino population in California is projected to surpass that of non-Latino whites in March. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP legalization ideas, immigrant driver's licenses, border drones and tunnels, more

A study calculates how many immigrants could be legalized based on ideas being discussed by GOP lawmakers. This and more.

Archbishop Gomez: No path to U.S. citizenship would mean 'permanent underclass'

In an interview Tuesday, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez stressed that any piecemeal immigration reform alternative must include a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.

In immigration news: Obama and executive action, aging in immigrant families, Argentine 'dirty war' lawsuit rejected, more

How to deal with aging loves ones can be tough for families from countries where tradition dictates that the elderly be cared for at home. This and more.

In immigration news: State immigration laws, border gadget searches, Obamacare Spanish language website woes, more

Immigrant advocates predict that the recent trend of states adopting more lenient immigration measures will continue in 2014. This and more.

In immigration news: Calif. DMV prepares for immigrant driver's licenses, Goodlatte talks reform, a deported father's story, more

California's proposed state budget lays out $64.7 million dollars for the DMV to implement a program that will allow unauthorized immigrants to apply for driver's licenses by next January.