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

Some relatives of Filipino vets will be allowed to immigrate sooner

Starting next month, immigration officials will let some adult children and siblings of elderly Filipino American vets wait for their immigrant visas in the United States instead of in the Philippines.

Immigrant families with children in US illegally urged to sign up for Medi-Cal

A new state law expanding California's Medi-Cal health care program to cover children who are in the U.S. without legal status begins May 16.

A small LA theater encourages immigrants to act out

A Spanish-language acting workshop and theater near downtown Los Angeles draws immigrants with a passion for acting.

May Day demonstrators take to LA streets

May Day marchers chanting slogans and carrying signs — and at least one Donald Trump piñata — took to the streets of Los Angeles on Sunday.

Sunday May Day marches expected to draw large crowds, more security

May Day march organizers are asking participants to remain peaceful while police say they're ready for whatever happens following violent protests at Donald Trump's California appearances.

Elderly Korean, Cambodian-Americans more likely poor in LA County

AARP and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles release a report that examines the status of older Asians by ethnic group.

Supporters rally for Valley immigration consultants facing city fraud charges

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office has accused the director of an immigration consulting firm and two business associates of practicing law without a license. They could face jail time if convicted.

Latest approach to ticketing tripping up some LA street vendors

Advocates say a recently implemented city administrative citation program impacting street vendors is leading to confusion, financial problems, and due-process issues for those cited.

Arcadia shuts the doors on 'mansionization'

A new Arcadia ordinance says homes need to comply with a floor-area ratio that would limit the size of homes based on the site of their lots.

Little Tokyo bets on basketball to bring back Japanese Americans

To revive a Japanese American neighborhood, Little Tokyo plans a basketball gym and leverages its history.

California bill targets cities' profit-making immigrant detention contracts

Cities and counties contracting with private companies for immigrant detention centers could be stopped under a California state bill.

Results for top LA County municipal elections

Voters cast ballots Tuesday across L.A. County, from Arcadia to Culver City. We've rounded up the latest results, and where you can get more information.

A new way to insure immigrants

State health officials could apply for a waiver to the federal Affordable Health Act to allow coverage for those in the country illegally. But first, the California Legislature must clear the way.

California poll shows GOP Latinos favor Cruz over Trump

A new Field Poll puts Ted Cruz ahead of Donald Trump among Republican Latinos for the GOP presidential nomination. Among all likely GOP voters surveyed, Trump leads.

Arcadia's planned anti-mansionization ballot initiative hits a wall

The Arcadia city clerk's office says activists gathering signatures made mistakes, meaning the initiative likely won't be on the ballot this year.