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

In immigration news: Uncertainty over executive action, the fate of migrant kids, long-distance immigration hearings, more

President Obama indicated last month that there would be some sort of executive action on immigration after the midterms, but some are expressing doubts. This and more.

In immigration news: LA County renews 287(g) contract with ICE, Asian American voters, unidentified migrants, more

LA County supervisors voted Tuesday to stick with a controversial federal-local enforcement program that trains deputies to screen inmates' immigration status in jails. This and more.

287(g): LA County sticks with controversial program

287(g) supporters say the Sheriff's Dept. partnership with ICE identifies deportable inmates and helps LA County jails get reimbursed for some incarceration costs.

In immigration news: Some immigrants feel Ebola backlash, fewer jails holding immigrants for feds, family detention center criticized, more

After a Liberian man was admitted to a hospital with Ebola virus in Dallas, some African immigrants say they've noticed different attitudes toward them. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama promises executive action, private lawyers take on child migrant cases, border agent charged, more

Speaking Thursday night to Latino members of Congress, President Obama insisted he'd take solo action on immigration by the end of the year. This and more.

An illegal pharmaceuticals crackdown prompts consumer warnings

Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles are cracking down on black market pharmaceutical sales and warning consumers; they say immigrants are most at risk.

Federal grants help LA's child migrants get legal assistance

Recently arrived child migrants in the Los Angeles area will be among those to benefit from legal aid financed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In immigration news: Child migrants without legal counsel, Arizona driver's license appeal, Asian American GOP group, more

Many recently arrived child migrants having their cases heard in immigration court have no attorney; state and federal initiatives plan funds for more access. This and more.

Calif. to offer legal assistance for immigrant children

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will provide $3 million to nonprofits that offer free legal assistance to unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America.

In immigration news: Legal help for migrant kids, high bar for asylum seekers, immigrants in the military, more

Legislation signed by Gov. Brown is to provide $3 million in funds for nonprofits to help provide legal counsel for minors in deportation. This and more.

Asian-American voters get grassroots attention

Asian-American community groups are making efforts to tap the voting potential of the nation's fastest-growing racial demographic.

Monrovia military contractor employees out of work after ICE audit

Employees of a Monrovia company that makes products for the U.S. military say they're out of jobs after a federal immigration audit. But such audits have dropped since last year.

In immigration news: Sanctuary movement, Asian Americans on affirmative action, new detention center, more

A growing number of churches are reviving what's called the Sanctuary Movement, with houses of worship opening their doors to immigrants facing deportation. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP voters on immigration, another family detention center, ISIS border campaign ads, more

A new poll has a majority of Republican and right-leaning voters saying that the GOP does not well represent their immigration views; a third say the party has been too lenient on legalization. This and more.

In immigration news: California DMV gears up for license demand, empty prisons and detention profits, anti-Muslim ads in NYC, more

The California DMV could hire as many as 1,000 new employees to meet demand as new driver's licenses for immigrants in the US illegally become available in January. This and more.