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: Fatal border shooting, reform as 'political hot potato,' immigration court judges, virtual fence, more

A border rock-throwing suspect was shot and killed Wednesday morning near San Diego by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was reportedly struck before opening fire. This and more.

In immigration news: Changing immigration priorities, DC protest, Anaheim's Little Arabia, more

According to a new Gallup survey, Americans are placing less emphasis on border security than they were in 2011, and are more concerned with addressing unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. This and more.

Hearing will determine if port truckers can sue employer

The truckers, many of them Latino and Korean immigrants, say they were misled into waiving their legal rights after a class-action lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit alleges they were deprived of fair wages.

Cross-status romance: When one has papers and the other doesn't

Navigating the rocky terrain of dating and romance is complicated enough. Factor in immigration status and it becomes even more so.

In immigration news: Reform activists promise tougher tactics, racist fliers sent to campuses, 'The Hummus,' more

Some immigration activists are promising lawmakers "relentless and constant confrontations" until they agree to support an immigration reform deal. This and more.

In immigration news: Farmers call for reform, border justice, Honduran consuls suspended, recalled beef in Latino markets, more

According to a new report from the American Farm Bureau Federation, an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform would cost the agricultural industry $30 to $60 billion in output over five years, and food prices would rise. This and more.

Update: Ex-Guatemalan soldier gets 10 years; for war survivors, justice and pain

Accused Guatemalan war criminal Jorge Sosa was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday on immigration fraud charges and faces eventual deportation. For local survivors of Guatemala's civil war, there's a sense of relief — and painful memories relived.

In immigration news: Family visas and DACA, terrorism rule change could benefit refugees, Switzerland immigration vote, more

A resources crunch as officials process deferred action applications is contributing to longer waits for some family members of U.S. citizens in line for visas. This and more.

In immigration news: Boehner says reform unlikely, Obama and deportation, Latino groups push for Herbalife investigation, more

Although the House GOP unveiled its principles for immigration reform last week, Republican House Speaker John Boehner now says it's unlikely there will be enough cooperation for an overhaul to pass this year. This and more.

Latino, consumer groups push for Herbalife investigation

Latino and consumer groups have been pressuring federal regulators and lawmakers to open an investigation into Herbalife's business practices.

A year after initial launch, CNN Latino plans to close up shop

It was one of several projects in recent years from major U.S. media companies trying to expand their Latino audience. Some ventures have had less success than others.

In immigration news: Senate GOP leader says no reform, a longer citizenship form, activists hint at compromise, robots and jobs, more

While House Republicans are talking legalization and some immigration activists have hinted at compromising on a path to citizenship, there's still skepticism as to whether immigration reform can make it through Congress. This and more.

A longer application form for hopeful US citizens

Immigration officials have rolled out a new application form for U.S. citizenship that's twice as long as the current one.

In immigration news: Obama and the House GOP plan, quick decisions in immigration court, immigrant driver's licenses, more

The new House Republican template for immigration reform doesn't provide a clear path to U.S. citizenship for most unauthorized immigrants - and is prompting questions about how much President Obama and Democrats are willing to compromise. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP reform principles, Obama's reaction, migrant deaths on the border, Lunar New Year, more

The House GOP's template for immigration reform would allow a way for young unauthorized immigrants who arrived as minors to obtain legal status and U.S. citizenship, but it stops at legalization with 'no special path to citizenship' for others. This and more.