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
In immigration news: DHS funding bill, ripple effect on local agencies, executive action and taxes, more
Ports and other local agencies rely on Homeland Security grants to pay for operations, including some port security. Grant money could be held up if the department isn't funded. This and more.
A possible Homeland Security shutdown could affect local agencies, including the ports.
In immigration news: Homeland Security funding, immigrants and the poultry industry, Caribbean immigrants, more
The federal agency that would carry out President Obama's immigration order is mostly fee funded, and doesn't rely on Congressional appropriations. This and more.
In immigration news: Senate approves DHS funding bill, settlement may let some repatriated immigrants return, 110K AB 60 driver's licenses, more
The DMV says it has issued 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants without legal status so far under the law known as AB 60. This and more.
In immigration news: DHS funding battle, H-4 visa holders can soon get jobs, Texas governor on immigration, more
The Department of Homeland Security is funded only through Friday, and it's unclear if Congress will be able to pass a bill in time. This and more.
A new immigration policy will let spouses of certain H-1B work visa holders apply for work permits starting in May.
In immigration news: Obama seeks emergency ruling on executive action, DHS funding, racially diverse emojis, more
The Obama administration is seeking an emergency court ruling that would let its immigration plan go forward pending an appeal. This and more.
Research shows that politically engaged parents lead to politically engaged children. But parents' political influence takes different forms.
In immigration news: Obama appeals executive action ruling, LA County weighs 'deferred action task force,' work permits for H-4 spouses, more
The Obama administration is appealing a ruling by a federal judge that has temporarily put its immigration plan on hold. This and more.
Three LA County supervisors want to create a task force to help implement President Obama's immigration plan, which is temporarily on hold. A vote is expected today.
In immigration news: Courts in crisis, LA County to weigh executive action task force, Iñárritu's Oscars speech, more
Mexican director and screenwriter Alejandro González Iñárritu gives a shout-out to countrymen and Mexican immigrants in the U.S. during his Oscars speech. This and more.
Because an appeal could take time, advocates are asking the Obama administration to seek an emergency order that would still let immigrants apply for temporary legal status. This and more.
In immigration news: Executive action in limbo, Lunar New Year, California issues nearly 60,000 AB 60 licenses, more
The California DMV issued 59,000 driver’s licenses in January to immigrants in the U.S. illegally who applied under the law known as AB 60. This and more.
Second and third-generation Chinese and Vietnamese-Americans don't necessarily believe traditional Lunar New Year superstitions. But they couldn't hurt...
In immigration news: The executive action ruling, immigrants told to keep preparing, Homeland Security funding, more
The federal judge's ruling that has put President Obama's immigration plan on hold is based on administrative law, not constitutional law. This and more.