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
The White House is reportedly holding off on a Pentagon plan that would allow certain young unauthorized immigrants who grew up in the United States to enlist in the military. This and more.
In immigration news: Border migrants dropped off at AZ bus stations, Pittsburgh seeks immigrants, more
As border crossing arrests go up in South Texas, federal agents have taken some migrants from there to Arizona, where they've been dropped off at bus stations. This and more.
President Obama has reportedly instructed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson not to announced results of deportation reviews until after Congress takes its August recess. This and more.
In immigration news: Detainees working for $1 a day, Secure Communities, smuggling on Texas-Mexico border, more
The practice of paying detained immigrants $1 a day to work jobs in detention centers has been drawing resistance from immigrant advocates. This and more.
An effort to attach the measure to a defense spending bill recently failed, but growing support for the idea signals a new approach by advocates.
In immigration news: An immigration rhetoric challenge, segregated schools, reform and the midterms, more
A new report suggests that more than half the state's Latino students attend 'intensely segregated' schools. This and more.
In immigration news: No to ICE holds in Alameda County, Napolitano on border security, 'Gang Related,' more
Sheriff's officials in Alameda County, Calif. have announced they will no longer place immigration holds on inmates at the request of federal agents, unless authorized by a judge. This and more.
In immigration news: ENLIST Act, reform advocates focus on House GOP, how deportations shape young Latinos' political attitudes, more
New research suggests that young Latinos who are familiar with the Obama administration’s deportation record are less likely to describe the Democratic party as “welcoming” toward Latinos. This and more.
New research shows how immigration policies could compromise young Latinos' political affiliation.
In immigration news: ENLIST Act, states and immigration policy, the story behind 'Limited Partnership,' more
House Speaker John Boehner says he won't rule out a floor vote on a measure that would let some immigrants obtain legal status in exchange for military service, but GOP leaders don't want it on a defense bill. This and more.
In immigration news: Reform poll, an attempt to identify missing migrants, kids who 'age out' of immigration process, more
A forensic anthropology team seeks to provide answers using DNA for families whose loved ones have gone missing en route to the United States. This and more.
Immigrant advocates plan to convene outside the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday for a day of rallying and legislative visits.
In immigration news: Fight over military legalization measure, the plight of immigrant Boomers, cultural appropriation, more
Conservative activists are pressuring lawmakers to vote down a military authorization bill if it contains language that would let some immigrants earn legal status through military service. This and more.
Smugglers have adapted as they push farther up the California coast, becoming bolder and carrying bigger loads in "super-pangas."
In immigration news: Secure Communities examined, deportation and politics, migrants' kids in tobacco fields, more
Some law enforcement leaders believe the Obama administration could be preparing to retool the controversial Security Communities program as part of its review of deportation policies. This and more.