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

Legal service providers brace for an Obama immigration plan

Pro-bono legal providers who handle immigration cases are bracing themselves for the workload if President Obama extends protection from deportation to more immigrants.

In immigration news: Executive action, legislative blowback, planned GOP border bill, CA driver's licenses, more

As the Obama administration prepares to announce plans for executive action on immigration, GOP leaders are considering ways to block it. This and more.

Vote on Boyle Heights Mariachi Plaza development postponed

The MTA board delayed a decision until February, allowing more time for public input on plans to construct 120,000 square feet of retail and medical office space.

In immigration news: The coming executive action war, another blow for SB 1070, how relatives' status affects Latino health coverage, more

As President Obama contemplates taking executive action on immigration, GOP leaders are preparing for a fight. This and more.

Big development planned for Boyle Heights' Mariachi Plaza

The iconic plaza, long home to musicians seeking work, could be transformed if the MTA Board approves plans for new retail and office construction surrounding it.

In immigration news: GOP leaders warn Obama on executive action, Latino and Asian voters in the midterms, more

House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders are warning President Obama of consequences if Obama takes solo action on immigration. This and more.

OC Republican victories impact Democratic supermajority

Election wins by candidates Janet Nguyen and Young Kim reverberate in the state Capitol, and may mark a shift in the GOP's relationship with Asian-Americans.

In immigration news: Latinos and the midterm vote, US doesn't lead in percentage of immigrants, more

There's been much speculation about more Latinos sitting out Election Day because they're disappointed in President Obama's immigration record. Will they? This and more.

In immigration news: An 'amnesty' fact check, Latino and Asian American voters, immigration in a GOP Senate, more

Has President Obama promised 'amnesty' after the election to 11 million immigrants without legal status? No, he hasn't. This and more.

Asian-American voter engagement on the upswing in California

A new report suggests civic engagement among the nation's fastest growing racial group, Asian-Americans, is steadily improving.

In immigration news: Dems' Latino support slips, activists push executive action, tapping Asian American voters, more

A new poll shows Latino voters disappointed over President Obama's handling of immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Napolitano backs executive action, Latino voters and the midterms, LA's Thai Town, more

Former Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says she supports the idea of President Obama taking action on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Fewer border deaths, Ebola-related discrimination, military program on hold, more

Reported border-crossing deaths are at their lowest point in 15 years, in part as more Central American migrants crossing through Texas have been presenting themselves to authorities, seeking asylum. This and more.

In immigration news: Released detainees, speculation over executive action, border deaths, new citizens called to civic duty, more

Records show that among the 2,000-plus people released from immigrant detention last year in a money-saving move by the government, some had faced serious criminal charges. This and more.

Newly naturalized citizens get to vote right away

Voting officials register new U.S. citizens right after the naturalization ceremony. While everyone else had to register by Monday, the newly naturalized are excepted.