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: Pressure on House GOP for reform, more co-sponsors for House bill, learning English as an adult, more
As pressure has mounted from pro-immigration reform conservatives this week, three House Republicans have by now signed onto a Democratic-backed immigration bill. This and more.
Pew Research has an update to the debate over "Hispanic" vs. "Latino" ethnic labels. Most survey respondents don't have a strong preference, unless they're in Texas.
An India-based tech giant pays a record fine for alleged immigration violations, more migrants are dying as they attempt to reach Europe, and some U.S. conservatives are rallying around a report on "sanctuary" laws. This and more.
The India-based tech company is accused of bringing up to 6,000 foreign workers to the United States on visas intended for short-term stays.
In immigration news: Conservative activists lobby for reform in DC, 'Dream 30' protester deported, Alabama law settlement, more
A conservative 'fly-in' to Washington, D.C. brings advocates from business, religious groups, and others to lobby House Republicans for a vote on immigration reform. This and more.
In immigration news: House reform bill, Infosys faces immigration fine, offensive Halloween costumes, more
A House Democratic reform bill gets GOP support, an India-based outsourcing giant faces a record immigration fine, and a major chain gets complaints over racially offensive costumes. This and more.
Hopes for an immigration overhaul are revived after California Republican, Jeff Denham offers to co-sponsor a House Democratic immigration reform bill.
A Republican co-sponsor has signed on to a Democratic House immigration reform bill. Does it mean better chances for an immigration overhaul this year? This and more.
In immigration news: A conservative campaign for reform, Obama's immigration plea, OC Tet festival canceled, more
President Obama has been making his case again for immigration reform this year, while pro-reform conservatives are mounting their own campaign. But can it work? This and more.
In immigration news: Obama calls for reform, GOP bill to offer temporary legal status, racism allegations in El Cajon, more
'We've kicked this particular can down the road for too long,' President Obama said during a Thursday speech calling for action on immigration reform. This and more.
As Congress remains stalled on immigration reform and deportations continue, some immigrant advocates are turning to more aggressive - and riskier - protest tactics.
In immigration news: 'Biblical' immigration dispute, GOP leaders talk reform again, no prominent 'Hispanic leader,' more
While many evangelical Christians have embraced immigration reform as part of their faith, others argue that the Bible doesn't suggest 'blind acceptance of foreigners.' This and more.
In immigration news: Tech industry pushes reform, military vets and deportation, success of bilingual crossover films, more
Tech industry leaders are preparing to push immigration reform with a series of events, including a "hackathon" next month for young immigrants. This and more.
In immigration news: Reform and its chances at this point, Latinos and ACA enrollment, French deportation protests, more
Immigrant advocates are putting renewed pressure on House GOP leaders to act on an immigration overhaul, but the odds aren't in their favor as the year draws to an end.
With budget issues left unresolved and lawmakers bruised by the shutdown battle, is there any chance of comprehensive immigration reform this year?