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: Senate to vote on border amendment, SCOTUS affirmative action decision, long waits for green cards, more
A critical vote is scheduled for Monday on a border amendment that could determine the Senate immigration bill's chances for success. This and more.
The wait times for family-based immigrant visas don't vary much, but changes could come as proposals come and go in the Senate.
In immigration news: Details of Senate's border security plan, White House's 'stealth' immigration campaign, more
A border security amendment to the Senate immigration bill would still let people living in the U.S. illegally seek provisional legal status, but they would not be able to obtain green cards until the security goals are met. This and more.
The so-called path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants stands to face further hurdles, in light of an agreement announced Thursday in the Senate.
In immigration news: A border security deal, lawsuit over ICE 'detainers,' a forgotten Japanese American detention station, more
Senate lawmakers are soon expected to announced a border security compromise that could draw more GOP support for a bipartisan immigration reform plan. This and more.
Class-action lawsuit alleges that federal agents place immigration holds on people arrested without thoroughly checking their immigration status.
A lot is at stake for same-sex couples with a foreign partner when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Defense of Marriage Act.
In immigration news: House panel approves enforcement bill, how Senate bill could reduce deficit, more
The House Judiciary Committee has approved a controversial bill that increases criminal penalties for illegal entry and presence, and would let state and local governments set their own immigration policies. This and more.
The tone of an strict immigration enforcement bill being weighed in Congress is a far cry from the reform bill pending in the Senate.
In immigration news: A controversial proposal in the House, ICE chief resigns, a generational divide on reform, DACA a year later, more
The House is taking up an immigration bill whose backers say would prevent future illegal immigration, but critics say it would criminalize people already in the country illegally. This and more.
In immigration news: Supreme Court blocks AZ voter proof-of-citizenship law, 7-11 immigration raids, more
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against an Arizona measure requiring additional proof of citizenship from voters. This and more
Iran's interior minister says moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani has won more than 50 percent of more than 36 million votes cast in Friday's election.
It's been a year since the Obama administration announced deferred action, which since August has granted temporary legal status to nearly 300,000 young immigrants. More were expected to apply for the program, but it's been life-changing for those who have.
In immigration news: Border security amendment voted down, immigration costs, a deadline for reform vote, more
An amendment to the Senate immigration bill that would have made a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants even more contingent on border security goals has been voted down. This and more.
In immigration news: Senate reform bill moves forward, GOP's internal immigration conflict, border drones, more
Tuesday marked the Senate immigration reform plan's first major test, a vote as to whether the bill should move forward. It will: The Senate voted 82-15 to clear the way for debate. This and more.