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: Illegal immigration still low, human smugglers laundering money, Latinos still feeling recession, more
In spite of the crush of Central American minors and families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, illegal immigration overall is still low compared with the all-time high seen in 2000. This and more.
In spite of the economic recovery, many Latino families aren’t confident about regaining their own economic footing.
In immigration news: Transnational gangs and the Central American migrant crisis, anatomy of a racial slur, more
Much of the gang violence that children and families in Central America are fleeing from lately is rooted in the United States, particularly Los Angeles. This and more.
Much of the gang violence that Central American minors and families are fleeing has roots in the United States, particularly in Los Angeles.
In immigration news: Deportation flight to Honduras, activist Vargas detained in Texas, Arizona immigration protest, more
A flight carrying Honduran migrants, including children, returned them to Honduras on Monday, as Homeland Security officials promise more deportations to Central America. This and more.
In immigration news: Political lines drawn in border crisis, minors and immigration courts, activist gets stuck on border in Texas, more
President Obama has asked Congress for emergency funding to help deal with the Central American migrant crisis at the border, and to modify a law in order to expedite deportations. But political divisions could get in the way. This and more.
A key GOP backer of a House immigration reform bill says it won't be considered this year. This and more.
Groups established to aid the war refugees of the 1980s and 1990s have been busy fielding requests for help as unaccompanied minors and families pour in.
The goal is to get the federal government to provide minors in deportation hearings with attorneys.
While they reported favorable conditions at the shelter, they said more needs to be done for children and families fleeing growing violence in Central America
In immigration news: Obama requests emergency funding, LAPD won't comply on ICE detainers, court blocks AZ license order, more
President Obama has requested almost $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the mass migration of unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America. This and more.
Some who arrived in the U.S. as minors themselves are asking for the Obama administration to grant refugee status to kids arriving from Central America
An international game of "telephone" between immigrant communities in the United States and relatives back home is offering small ray of hope for some parents desperate to get her children out of El Salvador.
In immigration news: Murrieta as the 'new flashpoint,' more migrants from Texas arrive in So Cal, tension within GOP, more
The protest Tuesday that blocked buses carrying migrants flown in from Texas to be processed at a local Border Patrol station has thrust Murrieta, Calif. into the immigration spotlight. This and more.
In immigration news: Protesters block migrant buses in Murrieta, border agents can be sued in cross-border shootings, more
Busloads of migrants flown from Texas to Southern California for processing were turned away from a Border Patrol facility in Murrieta after protesters blocked their path. This and more.