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: May Day, the politics of immigration reform, how Senate bill might benefit some deportees, more
As May Day approaches, might the immigration momentum of the mid-2000s be seen again? This and more.
Some immigrants in deportation proceedings, and a limited number of those who have already left, could be eligible to seek legal status under the Senate reform plan.
In immigration news: Supreme Court rules against Alabama law, sending remittances gets cheaper, 'retro-acculturation,' more
Part of an Alabama law that would criminalize harboring has been struck down, technology has made sending remittances cheaper, some in the second-and-beyond generations dig for their roots, and more.
In immigration news: A piecemeal approach from the House, Obama credits Bush for reform, dismay over family visas, more
Senate immigration reform bill sponsors say their proposal could get majority support - will it? Meanwhile, the House announces a non-comprehensive route. This and more.
Amendments to the Senate bill are on the way, more than one bill is expected from the House, a judge orders legal aid for mentally disabled detainees, the Sierra Club backs reform after struggling with immigration years ago and more.
In immigration news: Questions arise over screening immigrants, GOP split on reform plans, race and religion in Boston aftermath, more
National security dominates reform talks, debate over the Boston suspects and what constitutes "white," the New York Times makes a slight adjustment on its use of "illegal immigrant" and more
Activists trying to convince news organizations to stop using "illegal immigrant" take it a step further, protesting and delivering petitions to the newspaper. This afternoon the Times announced it would tweak its style.
In immigration news: Napolitano testifies in Senate, the role of conservative talk radio, how hospitals 'deport' sick immigrants, more
Senate immigration reform hearings continue for a third day, with the Boston bombings still overshadowing the debate. This and more.
A sampling of headlines and stories as the Boston bombing overshadows immigration reform talks.
In immigration news: Reform debate turns to Boston bombings, few Chechens allowed to settle in US, hope for a House bill, more
As Senate hearings start on comprehensive immigration reform, the two Boston bombing suspects' roots in Chechnya are overshadowing talks.
Advocates had hoped the proposed bill would include a provision allowing gays and lesbians to sponsor foreign-born partners for immigrant visas.
In immigration news: Cautious optimism from immigrants, comparing 2013 'path' to 1986 amnesty, what reform bill means for tech, more
Now that the Senate reform bill is finally out, what it means to the various players affected, from immigrants to the tech industry. This and more.
The destination is the same, but the new route will be longer and more complicated, with many more immigrant travelers.
Now that the long-awaited Senate immigration reform bill has been formally introduced, immigrants, businesses and others react while opponents build their strategy.
In the state with the biggest immigrant population in the country, the Senate's reform proposal weighs heavily.