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: 'Specialized' worker visas denied, Cambodian Americans and education, LA County joins executive action lawsuit, more

Visas for foreign workers with 'specialized knowledge' in their fields are being turned down more frequently. This and more.

For younger Cambodian Americans, a narrowing education gap

Cambodian immigrants have long struggled with an educational achievement gap, but this is changing as the second generation comes of age.

How Obama's new deportation program differs from old one

President Obama scrapped the Secure Communities program and vowed to replace it with something better, but immigration advocates say the details are scarce.

In immigration news: High-skilled worker visa debate, war criminals in the US, 'sanctuary cities,' more

A recent case in Florida highlights how suspected foreign war criminals have sought shelter in the US over the years. This and more.

In immigration news: White House pushes court on executive action, LA cop arrested at border, tech diversity, more

If the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a Texas judge's order blocking executive action, the immigration plan could move forward sooner. This and more.

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.

Feds arrest 3 people in trade school immigration scheme

Defendants allegedly let foreign 'students' enroll for a fee, in exchange for student visa documents that would let them stay in the United States.

Feds bust birthing houses in local apartment buildings

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.

Why some immigrants with criminal convictions aren't deported

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.

'Birthing houses' becoming commonplace, authorities say

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.