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

3 ways the city of LA might legalize street vending

A new report outlines ways the city could legalize street vendors. It includes a plan to legalize the industry citywide or to create special districts for vendors.

Hurricane Patricia: Here's how you can help

Hurricane Patricia has become the strongest hurricane ever recorded for the eastern north Pacific Ocean and has the potential to do catastrophic damage. Here's how you can help.

Boyle Heights flood: Residents point to clogged storm drains

Neighbors on a street that flooded Monday say they need a better response from the city. Councilman Jose Huizar responded with a motion to step up street sweeps.

Feds find no wrongdoing in case of outsourced Edison workers

The Labor Department investigated how foreign workers were hired for SoCal Edison. It found that 2 of Edison's contractors did not violate the law.

Incoming Speaker Rendon wants to bridge East, West on environment concerns

KPCC catches up with the California Assemblyman and environmental activist in his home district, where immigrant families and industry exist side by side.

Immigrants hurry to apply for EB-5 visas before December

The visa program was due to sunset Sept. 30. But Congress extended the program through Dec. 11. Local EB-5 business centers say they've seen an uptick in interest.

For Mexico soccer fans, cheering the national team is easy

This week at the El Mercadito shopping center in East Los Angeles, it seemed everybody was talking about the big game Saturday.

Are new police patrols in Highland Park on the right path?

New foot patrols are stationed along Figueroa, where high-end shops have sprung up in recent years, but some residents say that's not where they're needed.

Immigrants prep to apply for state professional licenses

Under California law, immigrants without legal status can apply for professional licenses. That's brought a new crop of students to one cosmetology school in Downey.

Do business in LA parks, beaches? You need a permit

The city has banned unpermitted business in parks and beaches, and enforcement begins Monday. Push cart vendors aren't eligible for permits, so some are on the move.

Why the US could see more African refugees in future years

The U.S. will allow in 100,000 refugees starting in 2017, a 30 percent increase. Displaced Syrians will benefit most, but Africans are likely to follow.

LA County will continue to cooperate with immigration agents

After hearing feedback from residents on how sheriff's deputies should police and detain deportable immigrants accused of crimes, the department released slightly updated policies.

Conservative Latinos embrace state GOP's move on immigration

The California Republican party this weekend voted to remove a statement from its platform that read "allowing illegal immigrants to remain in California undermines respect for the law."

Spouses of H-1B visa holders struggle to re-enter workforce

They came to the U.S. when their husbands were hired for high-skilled positions. A new federal policy allows them to work, but the job market is not kind.

Arcadia company's virtual currency a scam, immigrants say

State officials are investigating a local company that marketed a product called "GemCoin," billed as a virtual currency backed by gemstones.