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

LA bank founder confirmed to head Small Business Administration

The Senate has approved ProAmérica Bank founder Maria Contreras-Sweet to head the federal agency.

Census: LA County surpassed 10M residents in 2013

New census data confirm that Los Angeles County is now the nation's most populous. The population of the state also grew from 2012 to 2013.

In immigration news: House Dems file petition for reform vote, detainee hunger strike resumes, border town life, more

House Democrats have introduced their planned discharge petition, a procedural move intended to force a vote on a House immigration reform bill. This and more.

In immigration news: House Dems plan petition to force reform vote, 'Dreamers' and DACA, Pacific Islanders in the US, more

House Democrats are planning to try what's called a discharge petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a broad immigration reform bill. This and more.

Report: Latinos would gain from proposed minimum wage hike

A report from a labor group looks at the possible effect on Latino workers as the Senate prepares to vote on a federal minimum wage bill.

Group aims to get more Latinos signed up for health coverage

The organizers of a health coverage fair Saturday in downtown Los Angeles aim to get more Latinos insured under the Affordable Care Act before the March 31 deadline.

In immigration news: SCA 5 and Asian American political clout, immigrant advocates prepare to meet Pope, more

The controversy over SCA 5, a now-stalled California proposal to reinstate affirmative action in state universities, demonstrates the growing political clout of Chinese Americans. This and more.

Feds look at higher education spending across race and ethnicity

A Bureau of Labor Statistics study suggests that families' college decisions are based on the parents' income and educational level and not their culture.

In immigration news: Activists push to halt deportations, a rise in immigration prosecutions, Elvira Arellano returns, more

With immigration reform unlikely in 2014, the campaign to get President Obama to halt deportations is heating up. This and more.

Report: Rise in unlawful reentry prosecutions drives convictions

As more unauthorized immigrants have been prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, federal convictions have gone up, and the demographic makeup of offenders has changed.

In immigration news: 'Deporter-in-chief' fact check, NY 'Dream Act' voted down, Canada border terror arrest, more

Has the Obama administration deported more immigrants than any other? This and more.

6 Southern California Army vets receive the Medal of Honor

The soldiers had received the next-highest honor for their actions, but a lengthy review found them deserving of the nation's highest honor for bravery in combat.

Suspected smuggling boat found in Rancho Palos Verdes

No drugs were found, but authorities say smugglers are carrying bigger payloads as they push farther north

LA County officials prepare to empty storm basins above Glendora

Debris basins that line the foothills catch mud, trees, even boulders during a heavy storm, sparing the homes below.

In immigration news: House bill aims to end deferred action, churches press for reform, Asian Americans and affirmative action, more

The House GOP-backed "ENFORCE Act" would allow Congress to sue the executive branch and potentially end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This and more.