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

Immigrant youth activists rally for child migrants to stay in US

Some who arrived in the U.S. as minors themselves are asking for the Obama administration to grant refugee status to kids arriving from Central America

For desperate parents of Central American child migrants, a false rumor and false hope

An international game of "telephone" between immigrant communities in the United States and relatives back home is offering small ray of hope for some parents desperate to get her children out of El Salvador.

In immigration news: Murrieta as the 'new flashpoint,' more migrants from Texas arrive in So Cal, tension within GOP, more

The protest Tuesday that blocked buses carrying migrants flown in from Texas to be processed at a local Border Patrol station has thrust Murrieta, Calif. into the immigration spotlight. This and more.

In immigration news: Protesters block migrant buses in Murrieta, border agents can be sued in cross-border shootings, more

Busloads of migrants flown from Texas to Southern California for processing were turned away from a Border Patrol facility in Murrieta after protesters blocked their path. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama to go it alone, minors and social media, more

Addressing the failure of immigration reform and the current child migrant crisis during a speech Monday, President Obama said he won't "stand by and do nothing" on immigration. This and more.

Report: More native-born Latinos, and more Asian immigrants

While growth in the U.S. Latino population is now mostly driven by native births, Asian American population growth is still mostly due to immigration.

In immigration news: Reform requiem, California AG urges compliance with TRUST Act, deportation rules, more

Supporters of immigration reform from both sides of the aisle are accepting that an overhaul is unlikely to happen in the near future. This and more.

California state AG urges compliance with TRUST Act in new bulletin to cops

The California Attorney General has issued a new memo to law enforcement urging compliance with the TRUST Act, a new state law that limits who state and local cops can hold for deportation.

In immigration news: Reform a year later, lawyers for child migrants proposed, border stash houses, more

A year after the sweeping immigration reform bill presented by the bipartisan 'Gang of Eight' cleared the Senate, there's little chance of an immigration overhaul happening. This and more.

World Cup in LA: Soccer fever unites diverse Persian community

Iranian Americans are a diverse group, spiritually and otherwise. But soccer brings them together.

In immigration news: Border deaths, child migrants, Border Patrol flights, ethnicity and autism, more

Authorities are investigating a a mass burial site found recently in South Texas that is believed to contain the remains of unidentified migrants. This and more.

World Cup in LA: In Orange County, a haven for British soccer, and expats

In the latest part of KPCC's series on the World Cup in Los Angeles, one club draws immigrants from the U.K. together over the game they call football.

As unaccompanied minors arrive, family reunions pose problems

As the number of unaccompanied child migrants has skyrocketed, federal officials have been scrambling to place them with relatives who can take custody.

In immigration news: Latino labor force now majority native-born, inside border detention centers, Texas security 'surge,' more

According to a new report, foreign-born immigrants no longer make up the majority of the US Latino labor force. This and more.

In immigration news: Asian Americans in the US heartland, crossing the border at age 13, Michelle Obama's immigration pitch, more

Immigrants from Vietnam and other Asian countries are making their mark in non-traditional receiving states like Nebraska. This and more.