Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
California is home to a long list of immigrant-friendly policies — many of which run counter to President-elect Donald Trump's views.
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson is seeking an immigrant advocate to help the city navigate a Donald Trump presidency and protect its federal funding.
But it's too early to tell what impact Donald Trump's election as president will have on would-be applicants seeking to become U.S. citizens.
Los Angeles County officials say they are receiving reports of hate incidents in the wake of last week’s presidential election.
Donald Trump’s plan to cancel some of President Obama’s executive actions is unnerving young immigrants. One allows some to temporarily live and work in the U.S.
In a small Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles, a priest tries to calm a disquiet congregation, many immigrants from Latin America.
Vandalism at art galleries reflect anger over changes in Boyle Heights that are driving higher rents and displacement of longtime residents, community members say.
In the once mostly white, conservative stronghold of Orange County, a Latina and an Asian-American are vying for a Board of Supervisors seat.
Anaheim is one of several Orange County cities where Latinos, Asians and others have challenged at-large elections, seeking a greater political voice.
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's claim that the election will be rigged is raising fears that self-appointed "poll watchers" could harass voters of color.
A new health care provider brought in by the private operator of the Adelanto immigrant detention facility after two detainees died last year has been met with mixed reviews.
Many immigrants who are awaiting or fighting deportation around the U.S. are held by federal officials in privately run detention centers, a system that is coming under increasing scrutiny.
As of June 30, more than half a million applications for naturalization were pending nationwide, or over 100,000 more than a year earlier.
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations tallied 483 reported hate crimes in 2015, an increase of nearly 100 offenses over the previous year.
The video went up on YouTube in 2014, but lately it has been making the rounds on WeChat, a Chinese social media app. Some Chinese-Americans say it plays to racial stereotypes and is offensive.