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: Tech industry pushes reform, military vets and deportation, success of bilingual crossover films, more

Tech industry leaders are preparing to push immigration reform with a series of events, including a "hackathon" next month for young immigrants. This and more.

In immigration news: Reform and its chances at this point, Latinos and ACA enrollment, French deportation protests, more

Immigrant advocates are putting renewed pressure on House GOP leaders to act on an immigration overhaul, but the odds aren't in their favor as the year draws to an end.

The president vows action: But is it too late for immigration reform?

With budget issues left unresolved and lawmakers bruised by the shutdown battle, is there any chance of comprehensive immigration reform this year?

In immigration news: After the shutdown, LAPD's impound policy, deportation protests, the 'Prop 187 effect,' more

As U.S. lawmakers talk about contemplating reform once more, a California court has given a temporary stay to a Los Angeles police policy that benefits unlicensed immigrant drivers.

The 'Prop 187 effect': Fallout for GOP beyond California?

A new report suggests that what happened in California after GOP leaders embraced the 1994 initiative could hurt Republicans in other states if they don't act on immigration reform.

In immigration news: 'Renewed' reform push promised, border agents affected by shutdown, the Dodgers' Jaime Jarrín, more

President Obama is calling for a renewed effort to "fix the 'broken' immigration system" after signing a bill to end the government shutdown; border agents say the shutdown forced them to temporarily work without pay. This and more.

Jaime Jarrín: A legendary Dodger announcer's rise to fame

Many Dodger fans recognize Jaime Jarrín for his elegant style as the Spanish voice of the Dodgers. But few know about his life before baseball swept him away.

In immigration news: An effort to identify Guatemala war victims, a 'fly-in' to sell reform to GOP, E-Verify and the shutdown, more

A Guatemala-based NGO that works to identify long-missing victims of that country's civil war hopes to gather DNA samples from immigrant families in the U.S., starting with Los Angeles. This and more.

Guatemalans reach out in LA to help solve painful mysteries

A forensic group is using DNA to help families find relatives who disappeared during Guatemala's brutal civil war. Now they're reaching out to LA area immigrants.

In immigration news: California's new laws, the immigrant detention 'bed mandate,' diversity and TV ratings, more

While California's governor has signed a list of immigration-related bills this year, other states have backed off on immigration measures. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP makes Latino push in California, Illinois driver's licenses, 'unskilled' workers and the economy, more

The GOP is launching an effort to win over Latino voters in California and other key states, part of a $10 million effort by the Republican National Party. This and more.

In immigration news: Reform and the GOP's prospects, British enforcement bill, cross-border shooting deaths, more

Polls conducted in GOP-led California districts suggest that Republican support for immigration reform could improve the party's image among Latino voters. This and more.

In immigration news: Democratic lawmakers arrested at DC rally, political activist faces deportation, border abuse allegations, more

Two hundred arrests at the National Mall during Tuesday's D.C. immigration protest - and a performance by Los Tigres del Norte. This and more.

New laws reveal California's changing political landscape

Some of the immigration-related bills Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law would have been politically unthinkable just a few years ago.

In immigration news: Rally in DC, California's new laws, immigrant jury duty bill vetoed, more

Demonstrators have been rallying for immigration reform on the National Mall in spite of the government shutdown. This and more.