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

Feds bust birthing houses in local apartment buildings

Cops who investigate so-called 'birthing houses' say it's typical for operators to use rental properties.

In immigration news: Less federal-local cooperation, bill aims to stop immigrant tax benefits, teen border guides held, more

Immigration officials say limits set by state and local governments on who cops can hold for deportation are creating problems for federal officers. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action remains on hold, ICE arrests, smaller 'border surge' expected this year, more

The block on President Obama's executive immigration plan is to remain in place at least 10 more days, according to a federal judge's decision. This and more.

In immigration news: No reform prospects, 'venue shopping' in immigration lawsuit, camera in border bathroom, more

Even after battling over Homeland Security funding, lawmakers don't seem eager to take on immigration reform at the moment. This and more.

Why some immigrants with criminal convictions aren't deported

The case of Skid Row shooting subject Charly Leundeu Keunang shows there are exceptions, where the U.S. must keep immigrants guilty of serious crimes.

'Birthing houses' becoming commonplace, authorities say

The operations cater to foreign, pregnant women who want to deliver their babies in the U.S. to gain citizenship, police say.

In immigration news: DHS gets funding, ICE had tried to deport man shot in Skid Row, executive action deportation fears, more

Questions over the nationality of a homeless man recently shot by police in Los Angeles' Skid Row prevented US officials from deporting him in 2013. This and more.

Skid Row police shooting update: ICE had ordered Robinet deported

Immigration officials say the man shot and killed by police on Skid Row was a Cameroon national who had been ordered deported.

In immigration news: DHS funding bill, ripple effect on local agencies, executive action and taxes, more

Ports and other local agencies rely on Homeland Security grants to pay for operations, including some port security. Grant money could be held up if the department isn't funded. This and more.

Budget fight could mean less money for port security

A possible Homeland Security shutdown could affect local agencies, including the ports.

In immigration news: Homeland Security funding, immigrants and the poultry industry, Caribbean immigrants, more

The federal agency that would carry out President Obama's immigration order is mostly fee funded, and doesn't rely on Congressional appropriations. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate approves DHS funding bill, settlement may let some repatriated immigrants return, 110K AB 60 driver's licenses, more

The DMV says it has issued 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants without legal status so far under the law known as AB 60. This and more.

In immigration news: DHS funding battle, H-4 visa holders can soon get jobs, Texas governor on immigration, more

The Department of Homeland Security is funded only through Friday, and it's unclear if Congress will be able to pass a bill in time. This and more.

Spouses of skilled foreign workers can now get US jobs

A new immigration policy will let spouses of certain H-1B work visa holders apply for work permits starting in May.

In immigration news: Obama seeks emergency ruling on executive action, DHS funding, racially diverse emojis, more

The Obama administration is seeking an emergency court ruling that would let its immigration plan go forward pending an appeal. This and more.