Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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.
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The L.A. city council remains stalled on a set of regulations to legalize street vending. Venders, meanwhile, ask police to limit who they cite.
There are more than 50,000 street vendors in LA. They say their trade needs to be legalized, so that police can't cite them and confiscate their carts.
The rate of home ownership peaked before the recession and has been falling since. Experts say credit is too tight.
Post recession, more are finding work in restaurants, manufacturing, and small business
In immigration news: Homeland Security official accused of favoritism, child migrants in court, executive action lawsuit, more
A top Homeland Security officials is accused of political favoritism in a report following an internal investigation. This and more.
Of more than 25,000 child migrants who entered the immigration court system after last July, almost 19,000 have cases still pending. But some kids are finding relief.
In immigration news: Executive action lawsuit, foreign-born cops, US immigration history chart, more
More law enforcement agencies are moving toward letting foreign-born legal residents join their ranks. This and more.
Legislation would prevent immigrants who obtain temporary legal status under Obama's immigration plan from being eligible to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit retroactively. This and more.
Among those who came to listen to him speak were immigrants who fear for their families - and some directly affected by violence.
Charly Keunang spoke to his sister and mother the day before he was killed, according to a family spokesman. They didn't know he was homeless. They may sue the police.
Justice Department officials are to answer questions about President Obama's immigration plan before a federal judge in Texas. This and more.
In immigration news: 'Specialized' worker visas denied, Cambodian Americans and education, LA County joins executive action lawsuit, more
Visas for foreign workers with 'specialized knowledge' in their fields are being turned down more frequently. This and more.
Cambodian immigrants have long struggled with an educational achievement gap, but this is changing as the second generation comes of age.
President Obama scrapped the Secure Communities program and vowed to replace it with something better, but immigration advocates say the details are scarce.