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

Taking stock of the 'Pope Francis effect' in Los Angeles

A year after he took over leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, the new Pope has gained fans among Catholics and non-Catholics alike - including shoppers at a local religious items store.

In immigration news: Reform alliance weakens, Dreamer border protest, detainee hunger strike, stolen passports, more

An alliance between left-leaning immigration reform advocates and right-leaning church, business and other groups that have pushed Congress for immigration reform could be losing steam. This and more.

Guatemala to open Inland Empire consulate

Guatemalan government officials are planning to open a new consulate in San Bernardino by July.

In immigration news: CA affirmative action proposal draws controversy, detainee hunger strike, more

A California proposal that would reinstate affirmative action in public universities has upset some Asian Americans, who fear their children would lose their spots to other ethnic groups. This and more.

Pelosi on immigration: Maneuvering to force a vote

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic congressman Xavier Becerra discussed the next steps in their push for an immigration overhaul during a visit to LA City Hall.

In immigration news: 'Champion-in-chief,' Venezuelan immigrants react to crisis, FL court rules on who can practice law, more

President Obama pushed back against immigrant advocates who have called him "deporter-in-chief," defending his immigration record in a town hall meeting Thursday. This and more.

As protests back home continue, Venezuelan immigrants react

Venezuelan expats react to violent protests that have rattled their native country in recent weeks

In immigration news: Mistrust over CA driver's licenses, discharge petition possible for reform vote, 'deporter-in-chief,' more

As California officials work on rolling out driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants next year, some immigrants remain skeptical about revealing their personal information. This and more.

In immigration news: Medicare crackdown proposed, diversity at the Oscars, South Carolina immigration law, more

President Obama's proposed 2015 budget includes a proposal to ensure that unauthorized immigrants don't improperly receive Medicare benefits. This and more.

Diversity at the Oscars: Is Hollywood coming around?

This year’s Oscars ceremony is being characterized as a big win for diversity in Hollywood. Critics say it wasn't perfect, but they're optimistic.

In immigration news: Border use of force, the Mexican American success story, Maryland 'Trust Act,' more

A study of immigrants in Los Angeles concludes that when success is measured from generation to generation, Mexican Americans come out ahead of other groups. This and more.

The 'Big Bad Armo Show' takes its unique slice of LA life on the road

The Armenian American sketch comedy troupe plays with ethnic stereotypes and lets audience members laugh at themselves.

In immigration news: Churches and business press for reform, financial aid for immigrant students expected in WA, more

Some Latino evangelical pastors will be asking their congregations this weekend to pressure members of Congress for a vote on immigration reform. This and more.

In immigration news: Passengers accidentally bypass airport immigration, driver's license ban proposed in GA, Latino health, more

Passengers arriving from London to New York City's JFK International Airport were reportedly let out of the airport by accident before clearing immigration and customs. This and more.

National study takes pulse of Latino health

Initial findings from a major study were released today by the National Institutes of Health. Among other things, the study details how some illnesses and risk factors play out among different national-origin groups.