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

Immigration agents target released criminal detainees

Over 100 men and women were arrested this week in Southern California in an ongoing effort to deport those with criminal records.

More restrictions sought for visa program popular with tech firms

A San Diego County congressman wants to tighten requirements for H-1B visas that allow highly skilled foreigners to take jobs that companies say they can't fill with U.S. workers.

Immigration debate stirred anew by SoCal parents addressing GOP convention

Parents of young Southern Californians killed in encounters with unauthorized immigrants blamed illegal immigration for their deaths at the GOP convention Monday.

Asylum seekers are learning to represent themselves

With low-cost legal help in short supply, immigrants are taught to serve as their own lawyers, even while some question such support.

Immigrants a largely invisible segment of LA's homeless population

L.A. County's growing homeless population includes immigrants who came to the United States to earn a better living but have been squeezed by high rents and low pay.

After a week of violent shootings, what to tell the kids?

African-American parents have long had the "driving while black" talk with their kids. Recent officer-involved deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and the Dallas sniper deaths of five police officers make the conversations even more complicated.

Dallas attacks represent 'schism' in America, LAPD chief says

Police officers across Southern California are wearing black bands across their badges to mourn the deaths of five of their colleagues in Dallas.

No permits, but some unauthorized California immigrants work legally

Despite a Supreme Court ruling freezing President Obama's plan to grant work permits to certain unauthorized immigrants, some find they can work within the law.

Muslims tout Ramadan charity work to combat Islamophobia

SoCal Muslim groups always do charity work during the holy month of Ramadan. This year they called attention to it as a way to combat negative stereotypes.

In LA's immigrant enclaves, July 4 takes on different forms, flavors - and meanings

Snapshots of celebrations in South Gate and Monterey Park, among the many local places that immigrants and their children call home.

What comes next after deadlocked immigration ruling

The Obama administration's plan to temporarily grant legal status to immigrants living in the country illegally who are parents of U.S. citizens will remain on hold after a deadlocked ruling Thursday.

Supreme Court deadlock — Obama immigration plan on hold

The Supreme Court decision blocks the Obama administration plan to extend temporary legal status to qualified immigrants and sends the case back to a Texas judge.

Immigrant parents of US citizens await Supreme Court ruling

Unauthorized immigrants with American children say a favorable high court decision could protect them from deportation and provide work permits.

In wake of Orlando shooting, LGBT Latinos seek safe spaces to mourn

Among LGBT Latinos in Los Angeles, the Orlando shooting is being felt in a unique way. Some have set about creating a sense of "familia" for those who can't mourn openly at home.

American Samoans consider next move after court passes on citizenship case

Legal options and federal legislation are among the options for American Samoans seeking U.S. citizenship.