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.
Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas
In immigration news: Feds ask court to lift block on executive action, evolution of Mexican migration, DACA recipients arrested, more
The federal government has asked an appeals court to allow President Obama's executive immigration order to move forward. This and more.
In immigration news: LA foreign 'student' scam, GOP immigrant tax fight, migrants maimed by train protest, more
Federal officials say operators of four LA-area trade schools took in as much as $6 million a year, enrolling foreign 'students' who did not attend. This and more.
Defendants allegedly let foreign 'students' enroll for a fee, in exchange for student visa documents that would let them stay in the United States.
Cops who investigate so-called 'birthing houses' say it's typical for operators to use rental properties.
In immigration news: Less federal-local cooperation, bill aims to stop immigrant tax benefits, teen border guides held, more
Immigration officials say limits set by state and local governments on who cops can hold for deportation are creating problems for federal officers. This and more.
In immigration news: Executive action remains on hold, ICE arrests, smaller 'border surge' expected this year, more
The block on President Obama's executive immigration plan is to remain in place at least 10 more days, according to a federal judge's decision. This and more.
In immigration news: No reform prospects, 'venue shopping' in immigration lawsuit, camera in border bathroom, more
Even after battling over Homeland Security funding, lawmakers don't seem eager to take on immigration reform at the moment. This and more.
The case of Skid Row shooting subject Charly Leundeu Keunang shows there are exceptions, where the U.S. must keep immigrants guilty of serious crimes.
The operations cater to foreign, pregnant women who want to deliver their babies in the U.S. to gain citizenship, police say.
In immigration news: DHS gets funding, ICE had tried to deport man shot in Skid Row, executive action deportation fears, more
Questions over the nationality of a homeless man recently shot by police in Los Angeles' Skid Row prevented US officials from deporting him in 2013. This and more.
Immigration officials say the man shot and killed by police on Skid Row was a Cameroon national who had been ordered deported.
In immigration news: DHS funding bill, ripple effect on local agencies, executive action and taxes, more
Ports and other local agencies rely on Homeland Security grants to pay for operations, including some port security. Grant money could be held up if the department isn't funded. This and more.
A possible Homeland Security shutdown could affect local agencies, including the ports.
In immigration news: Homeland Security funding, immigrants and the poultry industry, Caribbean immigrants, more
The federal agency that would carry out President Obama's immigration order is mostly fee funded, and doesn't rely on Congressional appropriations. This and more.
In immigration news: Senate approves DHS funding bill, settlement may let some repatriated immigrants return, 110K AB 60 driver's licenses, more
The DMV says it has issued 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants without legal status so far under the law known as AB 60. This and more.