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

Guatemalan teen migrant says gang members broke his leg, forced him to flee

As lawmakers debate plans to deal with unaccompanied minors from Central America, one boy takes his case to L.A. Superior Court in his attempt to stay.

In immigration news: Central American leaders come to US, Obama and executive action, kids in immigration court, more

Central American leaders have come to meet with President Obama on the border migrant crisis as children and families flee violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. This and more.

Immigration court for children: A look inside

On the high floors of a bank building near in downtown Los Angeles, immigration judges hear the cases of children.

In immigration news: More young children at the border, controversy over migrant youth shelter, border crisis vs. executive action, more

The share of unaccompanied minor children 12 and younger arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has jumped from 9 percent in 2013 to 16 percent this year so far, according to a new analysis. This and more.

Report: More kids 12 and under arriving at US-Mexico border

Children 12 and younger are making up a bigger share of the unaccompanied minors arriving at the border, according to a new analysis.

In immigration news: Illegal immigration still low, human smugglers laundering money, Latinos still feeling recession, more

In spite of the crush of Central American minors and families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, illegal immigration overall is still low compared with the all-time high seen in 2000. This and more.

Poll: Recession may be over, but not for Latino families

In spite of the economic recovery, many Latino families aren’t confident about regaining their own economic footing.

In immigration news: Transnational gangs and the Central American migrant crisis, anatomy of a racial slur, more

Much of the gang violence that children and families in Central America are fleeing from lately is rooted in the United States, particularly Los Angeles. This and more.

Transnational gangs: The Central American migrant crisis' LA connection

Much of the gang violence that Central American minors and families are fleeing has roots in the United States, particularly in Los Angeles.

In immigration news: Deportation flight to Honduras, activist Vargas detained in Texas, Arizona immigration protest, more

A flight carrying Honduran migrants, including children, returned them to Honduras on Monday, as Homeland Security officials promise more deportations to Central America. This and more.

In immigration news: Political lines drawn in border crisis, minors and immigration courts, activist gets stuck on border in Texas, more

President Obama has asked Congress for emergency funding to help deal with the Central American migrant crisis at the border, and to modify a law in order to expedite deportations. But political divisions could get in the way. This and more.

In immigration news: House reform bill dead, a Minuteman revival, indigenous migrants, more

A key GOP backer of a House immigration reform bill says it won't be considered this year. This and more.

Immigration: Community organizations try to keep up with demand

Groups established to aid the war refugees of the 1980s and 1990s have been busy fielding requests for help as unaccompanied minors and families pour in.

Legal groups sue feds to get representation for migrant children

The goal is to get the federal government to provide minors in deportation hearings with attorneys.

California lawmakers tour Ventura County child migrant shelter, call for refugee status

While they reported favorable conditions at the shelter, they said more needs to be done for children and families fleeing growing violence in Central America