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

Fitness trainers brace for new fees to use LA parks, beaches

L.A. officials are weighing an ordinance that would force fitness instructors who operate at city parks and beaches to obtain permits, hold insurance and pay fees.

What LA's proposed crackdown on beach and park vendors means

City officials want to crack down on unlicensed services like fitness bootcamps, who do business in L.A. parks. Pushcart vendors would be subject to the same sanctions.

How cities around LA have legalized street vending

Leaders in L.A. have long considered legalizing street vending but have yet to pass an ordinance. Pasadena and Santa Ana have had limited policies for years.

Feds investigating SoCal Edison staffing contractors

The Department of Labor is looking into alleged work visa abuse involving two companies used by Southern California Edison to hire foreign workers.

How will LA's wage hike affect immigrant workers?

Next summer, the city's minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour, and it will reach $15 in 2020. Some workers say it'll lift them up. Others worry they'll be laid off.

Feds respond to CA lawmaker's call to investigate Edison

Congresswoman Judy Chu has asked the government to investigate Edison's decision to lay off tech workers and replace them foreign workers who hold visas.

Proposed state law would help LA enforce new minimum wage

The bill would make it harder for employers to dodge paying back pay to workers who win a wage-theft case. It still must get approval from the state Assembly.

LA resumes debate on legalized street vending

A city-sponsored public hearing brought out street vendors and those who oppose the idea of legalizing the industry in Los Angeles.

For local immigrants, water conservation comes easy

Some grew up with drought, others with an unreliable water supply, in countries where water consumption is much lower than in the U.S.

Spouses of high-skilled visa holders can apply for jobs

Until now, spouses of foreign workers who hold an H1B visa could not work in the US. A new rule allows many to apply for work permits.

Salvadorans will celebrate Romero's step toward sainthood

The late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador will be beatified by the Catholic Church on Saturday. Locals have planned festivities to mark the occasion.

Ryu's City Council win shows growing clout of Asian American voters in LA

David Ryu is the first-ever Korean American City councilmember and its first Asian American representative in 2 decades.

Different definitions of diversity as City Hall runoff election nears

On Tuesday, voters will choose the final member of LA's city council. The winner will be either an Asian American or a woman - both rarities on the council.

LA supervisors drop controversial immigration program

Since 2005, the federal-local partnership known as "287(g)" has allowed sheriff's deputies to act as federal agents when they interrogate inmates in LA County jails.

LA County Supervisors rescind controversial immigration program

Since 2005, the program known as 287(g) has allowed trained sheriff's deputies to act as immigration agents in county jails.