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

Transnational gangs: The Central American migrant crisis' LA connection

Much of the gang violence that Central American minors and families are fleeing has roots in the United States, particularly in Los Angeles.

In immigration news: Deportation flight to Honduras, activist Vargas detained in Texas, Arizona immigration protest, more

A flight carrying Honduran migrants, including children, returned them to Honduras on Monday, as Homeland Security officials promise more deportations to Central America. This and more.

In immigration news: Political lines drawn in border crisis, minors and immigration courts, activist gets stuck on border in Texas, more

President Obama has asked Congress for emergency funding to help deal with the Central American migrant crisis at the border, and to modify a law in order to expedite deportations. But political divisions could get in the way. This and more.

In immigration news: House reform bill dead, a Minuteman revival, indigenous migrants, more

A key GOP backer of a House immigration reform bill says it won't be considered this year. This and more.

Immigration: Community organizations try to keep up with demand

Groups established to aid the war refugees of the 1980s and 1990s have been busy fielding requests for help as unaccompanied minors and families pour in.

Legal groups sue feds to get representation for migrant children

The goal is to get the federal government to provide minors in deportation hearings with attorneys.

California lawmakers tour Ventura County child migrant shelter, call for refugee status

While they reported favorable conditions at the shelter, they said more needs to be done for children and families fleeing growing violence in Central America

In immigration news: Obama requests emergency funding, LAPD won't comply on ICE detainers, court blocks AZ license order, more

President Obama has requested almost $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the mass migration of unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America. This and more.

Immigrant youth activists rally for child migrants to stay in US

Some who arrived in the U.S. as minors themselves are asking for the Obama administration to grant refugee status to kids arriving from Central America

For desperate parents of Central American child migrants, a false rumor and false hope

An international game of "telephone" between immigrant communities in the United States and relatives back home is offering small ray of hope for some parents desperate to get her children out of El Salvador.

In immigration news: Murrieta as the 'new flashpoint,' more migrants from Texas arrive in So Cal, tension within GOP, more

The protest Tuesday that blocked buses carrying migrants flown in from Texas to be processed at a local Border Patrol station has thrust Murrieta, Calif. into the immigration spotlight. This and more.

In immigration news: Protesters block migrant buses in Murrieta, border agents can be sued in cross-border shootings, more

Busloads of migrants flown from Texas to Southern California for processing were turned away from a Border Patrol facility in Murrieta after protesters blocked their path. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama to go it alone, minors and social media, more

Addressing the failure of immigration reform and the current child migrant crisis during a speech Monday, President Obama said he won't "stand by and do nothing" on immigration. This and more.

Report: More native-born Latinos, and more Asian immigrants

While growth in the U.S. Latino population is now mostly driven by native births, Asian American population growth is still mostly due to immigration.

In immigration news: Reform requiem, California AG urges compliance with TRUST Act, deportation rules, more

Supporters of immigration reform from both sides of the aisle are accepting that an overhaul is unlikely to happen in the near future. This and more.