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

Bill seeking to extend Obamacare to unauthorized immigrants sent to governor

A bill that would let California seek a waiver to the Affordable Care Act and open up health coverage to immigrants who are in the country illegally is headed to the governor.

Citizenship applications have been on the rise as election nears

Immigration advocates say many of those who applied for U.S. citizenship in recent months want to vote in the November presidential election.

Asian-American voter turnout lags but push is on to turn it around

Asians are the nation’s fastest growing racial group, but their potential as a voting force has yet to fully materialize. Might that change in 2016?

Young Guatemalan immigrant arrested after deportation order

Immigration officials aren't saying if a planned crackdown targeting recent arrivals has begun in Los Angeles area. But they say a young Guatemalan man arrested this week fits their "enforcement priorities."

LA City Council members denounce public comment 'hate speech'

Los Angeles City Council members say public comment has turned ugly with a racist drawing and recent incidents of vitriolic speech.

Italian-Americans unearthing the lost history of LA's Little Italy

An Italian immigrant community once thrived in Los Angeles, and its social center was the Italian Hall in downtown, soon the home of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles.

More Central American deportations expected in immigrant crackdown

Adults and children who crossed the border illegally after Jan. 1, 2014, and who were ordered deported, are targeted in the latest actions.

Immigrant investor program fees could rise

Proposed federal fee increases would more than double the cost of a petition for an immigrant entrepreneur under the EB-5 visa program.

Some relatives of Filipino vets will be allowed to immigrate sooner

Starting next month, immigration officials will let some adult children and siblings of elderly Filipino American vets wait for their immigrant visas in the United States instead of in the Philippines.

Immigrant families with children in US illegally urged to sign up for Medi-Cal

A new state law expanding California's Medi-Cal health care program to cover children who are in the U.S. without legal status begins May 16.

A small LA theater encourages immigrants to act out

A Spanish-language acting workshop and theater near downtown Los Angeles draws immigrants with a passion for acting.

May Day demonstrators take to LA streets

May Day marchers chanting slogans and carrying signs — and at least one Donald Trump piñata — took to the streets of Los Angeles on Sunday.

Sunday May Day marches expected to draw large crowds, more security

May Day march organizers are asking participants to remain peaceful while police say they're ready for whatever happens following violent protests at Donald Trump's California appearances.

Elderly Korean, Cambodian-Americans more likely poor in LA County

AARP and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles release a report that examines the status of older Asians by ethnic group.

Supporters rally for Valley immigration consultants facing city fraud charges

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office has accused the director of an immigration consulting firm and two business associates of practicing law without a license. They could face jail time if convicted.