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: 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.
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.
In immigration news: GOP set to unveil reform plan, the 'Deport Bieber' petition, aging populations and immigrants, more,
House GOP leaders are preparing to unveil an immigration reform blueprint. This and more.
In the west San Gabriel Valley, where Asians and Latinos have long lived side by side, author Wendy Cheng finds a unique brand of Southern California identity.
President Obama only uttered 121 words regarding immigration in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but it's prompted many more in reaction.
In immigration news: Obama treads cautiously in SOTU speech, CA wage hike proposal seeks to deter migrants, more
President Obama spoke of fixing the "broken immigration system" and urged bipartisanship during his State of the Union address, but he didn't get into specifics. This and more.
A proposed California initiative calling for a new minimum wage hike isn’t coming from Democrats this time, but from a conservative entrepreneur and activist who hopes to deter illegal immigration.
The owner of People’s Resources International Services in Wilshire Center was sentenced to two years in prison after allegedly falsifying at least 100 work visa petitions.
In immigration news: GOP reform plan expected this week, immigration in State of the Union, cops say Santa Ana killing not hate crime, more
An immigration reform template expected this week from House Republicans is likely to call for a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants, but not citizenship. This and more.
For the first time, Salvadorans abroad are voting by mail in next week's national election. But some say it's been a frustrating process.
In immigration news: Fewer immigrants, ICE Kern County courthouse arrests, relatively few crossing border in California, more
An analysis of census data suggests that fewer people arrived in the U.S. as immigrants between July 2012 and July 2013 than they did a year earlier. This and more.
In immigration news: An app for reform supporters, feds to limit shackling in court, immigrants wanted in Detroit, more
A new app allows users to learn about their elected representatives' position on immigration reform measures, and how best to contact them. This and more.
In immigration news: GOP reform 'principles' and legal status, Covered California enrollment, Latino vs. Hispanic, more
A high-ranking House Republican says he'll support legal status for unauthorized immigrants, but not a path to U.S. citizenship. This and more.