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: House anti-executive action vote, states file suit, Brown weighs Medi-Cal expansion, more

The "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act" that cleared the House on Thursday sends a message, but doesn't undo President Obama's executive action. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action backlash, 'dreamers' who don't qualify, an Obamacare fact check, more

Some conservative lawmakers hope to defund President Obama's immigration plan sooner rather than later by making it part of the current budget battle. This and more.

LA street vendor legalization sent to legislative analyst

Proposed guidelines for a legal street vending program have been kicked them back to the chief legislative analyst's office for clarification.

In immigration news: Anti-executive action strategy emerges in Congress, the immigrants who won't qualify, California driver's licenses, more

Immigrants without legal status can now make appointments to apply for a special California driver's license under AB 60, the new state law that takes effect in January.

Who doesn't benefit from Obama's immigration plan?

Roughly 5.8 million immigrants won't benefit from executive action, according to a new report. They include relative newcomers, singles, and those without U.S.-born children.

In immigration news: Executive action and 'dreamer' parents, the coming battle in Congress, Indian immigrants in the shadows, more

Newly released data now shows immigrants from India as making up the largest number of unauthorized immigrants from Asia, ahead of immigrants from China and the Philippines.

Immigration: Deportation action a relief to some, but many won't qualify

With new immigration rules announced, some who entered the country illegally are overjoyed — others weren't so lucky.

Immigration reform: Obama to sign executive order; Republicans won't 'stand idle'

A day after announcing he would act to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, President Obama was in Las Vegas to sign the order Friday.

In immigration news: Obama to sign executive order, Secure Communities replaced, what's next for immigrants, more

President Obama's immigration plan touches on almost every aspect of the immigration system, from deportation relief for millions to border security and the immigration courts. This and more.

FAQ: President Obama's executive order on immigration

What's changing? When does it go into effect? How does it affect me? Find the answers to these and other questions here.

Immigration reform: What Obama's executive action means for California

In California, where 83 percent of unauthorized immigrants are estimated to have lived in the U.S. for five years or more, the effects could be staggering.

In immigration news: Executive action details, GOP backlash, a 'disproportionate' effect in California, more

It's expected that President Obama's executive action plan will offer relief from deportation to certain groups of immigrants, such as the parents of U.S. citizens. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama announcement expected Thursday, border security, more

President Obama is now expected to announce his much-anticipated executive action on immigration Thursday. This and more.

California sees decline in immigrants in US illegally, Pew says

The Pew Research Center finds the total number of immigrants here in the U.S. unlawfully is unchanged, but East Coast states are seeing gains while border states like California have seen declines.

In immigration news: Preparations for executive action, a looming political battle, legal providers brace themselves, more

It's still not clear just what President Obama will announce on immigration, but politicians, legal providers, and many others are getting ready. This and more.