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
Governor Brown signs a landmark bill allowing unauthorized immigrants to apply for California driver's licenses. But there's still much to be decided before the law takes effect.
In immigration news: New House reform bill announced, DHS and the government shutdown, verdict in immigration fraud trial, more
House Democrats have announced a new immigration reform bill that combines elements of the Senate-approved bill with a different border security proposal. This and more.
A Riverside County jury finds Jorge Sosa guilty of lying on his citizenship application. The ex-soldier from Guatemala is accused of participating in the massacre of civilians during Guatemala's civil war.
In immigration news: Border protest activists in custody, House reform plans, bone marrow match difficult for some ethnic groups, more
A second border protest has landed a group of young immigrant activists in custody after they attempted to re-enter the United States from Mexico. This and more.
In immigration news: Rallies planned, House Republicans talk reform, suspected war criminals and immigration fraud, more
Immigration reform advocates plan to stage marches around the country next Saturday, Oct. 5 in an attempt to get Congress to act on an overhaul. This and more.
A former Guatemalan soldier, accused of wartime atrocities, is on trial in Riverside County facing charges of making false statements on his U.S. citizenship application.
In immigration news: Another House proposal taking shape, CA domestic worker bill signed, AZ driver licenses, more
Immigration reform efforts haven't moved forward since summer, but new proposals are still taking shape in the House. Meanwhile, states are weighing their own measures. This and more.
In immigration news: House reform plan questioned, LA's growing Asian-American population, deferred action, more
Some House Democrats are questioning a strategy that would combine an early version of the Senate's immigration reform bill with an existing House GOP border security bill. This and more.
A newly released report reveals fascinating details about Los Angeles County's fastest growing ethnic group - Asian Americans. Read the full report here.
In immigration news: S-Comm backlash, Asians boost Irvine real estate market, a 'Turbo Tax' for immigration forms, more
California's 'Trust Act' and a new San Francisco ordinance are two examples of measures aimed to curb state and local police participation in immigration enforcement. This and more.
In immigration news: No unauthorized population increase in CA, a possible reform bill from Pelosi, detention contractors, more
A new report suggests that for the first time in years, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally may be rising. But it doesn't seem to be the case in California, which has lost some of its popularity as a destination. This and more.
A newly released report by the Pew Hispanic Center shows no evidence of an increase in California.
In immigration news: Illegal immigration may be picking back up, Sikh professor attacked in NY, border deaths in TX, more
After a decline in recent years, a new study from the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that the nation's unauthorized immigration population may be back on the rise. But there's no evidence of an increase so far in California.
Some immigration reform proponents see it as a blow - others as a silver lining, as two more Republicans leave the House 'Gang of Seven' bipartisan coalition.
In immigration news: 'Gang of 7' bill appears dead, use of force on border, House GOP leader talks 'earned' citizenship for youths, more
A member of the bipartisan House 'Gang of Seven' working on an immigration reform plan acknowledges the proposal isn't going anywhere. This and more.