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: California DMV gears up for license demand, empty prisons and detention profits, anti-Muslim ads in NYC, more

The California DMV could hire as many as 1,000 new employees to meet demand as new driver's licenses for immigrants in the US illegally become available in January. This and more.

In immigration news: Children of immigrants speak out, California can move ahead on licenses, Afro-Latinos and the census, more

Homeland Security officials have tentatively signed off on a design for special California driver's licenses that will be available to immigrants in the US illegally. This and more.

In immigration news: Budget bill doesn't include courts, LA County cops stick with federal-local enforcement program, more

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. hopes to a renew a federal-local enforcement program that's used in relatively few counties these days. This and more.

County cops seek to renew federal-local immigration enforcement partnership

The federal government has scaled back the voluntary program known as 287(g) in recent years; LA County is one of two local counties still participating.

In immigration news: LA joins citizenship initiative, Border Patrol body cameras, an ISIS fact check, more

Los Angeles is participating in a “Cities for Citizenship" project, with $1.1 billion in funding from corporate partner Citigroup. This and more.

In immigration news: Cities push for citizenship, confirmation hearing for new ICE chief, immigration and tight Senate races, more

The mayors of Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are launching an initiative to encourage more legal residents to become citizens. This and more.

For migrant kids, past traumas are hard to escape — and early intervention is key

Mental health providers and school officials say it's important to reach recently-arrived child migrants from Central America, many of whom witnessed violence back home and along the way.

In immigration news: Voter polls, school for detained kids, Colorado driver's license glitch, more

A new poll of California voters has 48 percent saying unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally should stay while awaiting hearings; 46 percent say they should go. This and more.

In immigration news: New detention center proposed, feds say no border ISIS threat, deportations slow, more

A new immigrant detention center that would house families is being proposed in South Texas. This and more.

In immigration news: Fewer migrant deaths, backlash over executive action delay, sanctuary churches, more

Fewer migrant deaths are being reported north of the U.S.-Mexico border, with the number of known deaths down from a year ago. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action delay, fewer Central American migrants, Oregon driver's licenses, more

President Obama has delayed taking executive action until after the midterm elections, prompting anger from immigration reform advocates. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama promises executive action announcement, some Dems wary of White House move, Lennon's immigration legacy, more

President Obama is indicating that he might take action on immigration before the November elections. This and more.

In immigration news: Fewer child migrants at border, unauthorized workers, visa fraud scam, more

The number of unaccompanied child migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has continued to decline since earlier this year. This and more.

Unauthorized immigrants: Staying longer, raising families, and part of the economy

Two new reports suggest that while there are fewer immigrants in the US illegally than before the recession, more have stayed long-term - and make up a sizeable chunk of the state's workforce.

Thousands of child migrants reunited with family in CA

Close to 2,000 child migrants were reunited with relatives in LA County since the start of the year.