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: A Boston bombing-inspired Senate bill amendment, House GOP members say no, diversity visas, more
An amendment to the Senate immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee would tighten student visa rules and monitoring in the wake of last month's Boston Marathon bombings. This and more.
The program was created in 1990 to diversify the nation's mix of immigrants, but it's been subject to scams. The Senate reform bill calls for its elimination.
In immigration news: What to expect from today's Senate debate, unauthorized Asian immigrants, a 'racist' city video, more
The Senate Judiciary committee is weighing non-immigrant visas in its immigration reform bill amendment session Tuesday, with work visas and student visas as part of the debate. This and more.
Border security was the focus when the Senate Judiciary Committee began considering immigration reform last week; the debate will now move on to employment visas.
In immigration news: Health care and reform, debate over legacy of IRCA, how parents' immigration status affects kids, more
As Senate immigration reform bill markups head into second week, debate continues over fallout from 'amnesty,' unauthorized immigrants' access to health care and other issues. This and more.
More than 1.5 million California children have at least one parent who is in the U.S. illegally. The vast majority of these kids are U.S. citizens. Even so, their parents' status can hold them back economically.
In immigration news: Senate deliberates as House hesitates, Heritage report co-author quits, how the 11 million are counted, more
As Senate lawmakers debate hundreds of amendments to a sweeping reform bill, a long-anticipated comprehensive House bill has yet to take shape. The Senate amendment debate is set to continue next week. This and more.
In immigration news: Senate bill amendment highlights, how '86 amnesty changed life for one family, more
Some of the key issues that have emerged as Senate lawmakers file amendments to an 844-page immigration reform bill are immigration rights for same-sex couples, border security, and possible limits on who may qualify for legal status. This and more.
In immigration news: Senate bill amendments, immigrant job deaths up, California's unauthorized population, Disney's 'Dia de Los Muertos' flap, more
Hundreds of amendments are proposed to the Senate immigration reform bill, more foreign-born workers are being fatally injured, and Disney will not be trademarking 'Dia de Los Muertos' after all. This and more.
In California, unauthorized immigrants make up 7 percent of the state's overall population. In Los Angeles County, they account for nearly one in 10 residents.
After a fast and heated backlash, the company has withdrawn its attempt to trademark the phrase for a forthcoming Pixar film.
In immigration news: Cost-of-reform report challenged, 'linguistic distance,' profiling allegations at USC, more
The research in a report on immigration reform costs from the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioned by critics, how language differences can affect assimilation, USC students charge racial profiling after cops break up a party and more.
The Senate immigration reform bill proposes ways to eliminate decades-long backlogs for family visas. Here's where the backlogs stand now.
In immigration news: Senate bill markup to start, hurdles to reform, the recession and people of color, foreign-bride fetish, more
Senators to offer changes on immigration bill - Politico The Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the Senate's immigration reform bill starts this week, with Democrats and Republicans set to propose changes.
There's more to Southern California speech than Valley-speak and surfer-dude, with the influence of immigrants also seeping into how English is spoken here.