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

Advocates say language barrier slowing info to some Porter Ranch residents

The stricken neighborhood is home to a large Korean immigrant population. Some say multilingual outreach efforts are lacking, leaving non-English speakers in the dark about important issues.

Immigration raids prompting fear and rumors in SoCal

Local immigrant advocates are fielding calls with unconfirmed reports of arrests, but immigration officials say locally, it's just business as usual.

Grapes, black-eyed peas and soba on LA's New Year menu

In Southern California's diverse enclaves, people are ringing in 2016 with traditional feasts, some of which promise good luck for the coming year.

Churches may give migrants sanctuary from deportation

Federal officials have not confirmed reports that mass raids and deportations are coming, but some churches are already making contingency plans to house migrants.

Reports of deportation plans have migrants on edge

Federal officials have yet to confirm a broad deportation plan, but some Central American migrants with deportation orders fear they'll be sent back to violence in their home countries.

Muslim women reflect on whether or not to wear the hijab

Muslim women who wear hijab, the traditional headscarf, have been on edge since the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino.

Fear has some Muslim women deciding whether to wear hijab

Local women are talking about keeping their headscarves on, taking them off, or in some cases, putting them on for the first time.

Graffiti at Hawthorne mosques investigated as hate crimes

Vandals spray-painted graffiti about Jesus at two mosques in Hawthorne and left a device that looked like a hand grenade in one of the driveways.

Cops say vandalism at Sikh temple is not a hate crime

Graffiti included an expletive followed by 'ISIS' sprayed on a truck. Some Sikhs fear it's backlash to San Bernardino shooting last week.

Feds to review fiancé(e) visas going back at least 2 years

Nearly 36,000 people were admitted to the US under the K-1 fiancé(e) visa program last year; one of them was San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik.

Muslim women in hijab getting 'comments, looks and whispers'

Some say they've felt singled out for their head scarves, and fear unwanted attention as photos of female shooter Tashfeen Malik circulate in the media.

San Bernardino case raises immigration security questions

A former top Homeland Security official weighs in on the case, says there are things you can't screen for: 'You can’t know what is in people’s hearts.'

New restrictions expected to hit US visa waiver program

The program allows travelers from 38 countries to visit the US without a visa. But after the Paris attacks, officials are looking to add new screenings.

How refugees are resettled in the United States

The process can take a couple of years as refugees are screened, vetted, then resettled in a community that's considered a good match.

Non-tenured faculty at USC file petition to unionize

About 500 of the faculty members say they need better pay. They point to a national trend, as part-timers and non-tenured faculty outnumber tenured professors.