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: Medicare crackdown proposed, diversity at the Oscars, South Carolina immigration law, more

President Obama's proposed 2015 budget includes a proposal to ensure that unauthorized immigrants don't improperly receive Medicare benefits. This and more.

Diversity at the Oscars: Is Hollywood coming around?

This year’s Oscars ceremony is being characterized as a big win for diversity in Hollywood. Critics say it wasn't perfect, but they're optimistic.

In immigration news: Border use of force, the Mexican American success story, Maryland 'Trust Act,' more

A study of immigrants in Los Angeles concludes that when success is measured from generation to generation, Mexican Americans come out ahead of other groups. This and more.

The 'Big Bad Armo Show' takes its unique slice of LA life on the road

The Armenian American sketch comedy troupe plays with ethnic stereotypes and lets audience members laugh at themselves.

In immigration news: Churches and business press for reform, financial aid for immigrant students expected in WA, more

Some Latino evangelical pastors will be asking their congregations this weekend to pressure members of Congress for a vote on immigration reform. This and more.

In immigration news: Passengers accidentally bypass airport immigration, driver's license ban proposed in GA, Latino health, more

Passengers arriving from London to New York City's JFK International Airport were reportedly let out of the airport by accident before clearing immigration and customs. This and more.

National study takes pulse of Latino health

Initial findings from a major study were released today by the National Institutes of Health. Among other things, the study details how some illnesses and risk factors play out among different national-origin groups.

In immigration news: A focus on deportations, House Dems and reform, human trafficking, more

Youth immigrant activists say they want to press the White House to take executive action that would spare immigrants from deportation. This and more.

In immigration news: Activists' bolder tactics, border shooting condemned, NYPD Muslim spying lawsuit dismissed, more

Some immigration reform advocates have vowed tougher, more confrontational protest tactics against conservative lawmakers - unless they agree to support an immigration overhaul. This and more.

Immigration reform advocates' shift to bolder tactics

Some immigrant activists have vowed tougher, more confrontational protest tactics against conservative members of Congress unless they agree to support an immigration overhaul.

In immigration news: White House pressured on deportations, 'Three Amigos' summit, Latinos and Covered California, more

A growing number of immigrant advocacy groups have been demanding that President Obama take executive action to curb deportations. This and more.

In immigration news: Fatal border shooting, reform as 'political hot potato,' immigration court judges, virtual fence, more

A border rock-throwing suspect was shot and killed Wednesday morning near San Diego by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was reportedly struck before opening fire. This and more.

In immigration news: Changing immigration priorities, DC protest, Anaheim's Little Arabia, more

According to a new Gallup survey, Americans are placing less emphasis on border security than they were in 2011, and are more concerned with addressing unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. This and more.

Hearing will determine if port truckers can sue employer

The truckers, many of them Latino and Korean immigrants, say they were misled into waiving their legal rights after a class-action lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit alleges they were deprived of fair wages.

Cross-status romance: When one has papers and the other doesn't

Navigating the rocky terrain of dating and romance is complicated enough. Factor in immigration status and it becomes even more so.