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

LA County gets reports of post-election hate incidents

Los Angeles County officials say they are receiving reports of hate incidents in the wake of last week’s presidential election.

Immigrants with temporary status worry they'll be deported

Donald Trump’s plan to cancel some of President Obama’s executive actions is unnerving young immigrants. One allows some to temporarily live and work in the U.S.

LA church parishioners pray for Trump and their own

In a small Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles, a priest tries to calm a disquiet congregation, many immigrants from Latin America.

Boyle Heights vandalism seen as reaction to rapid changes

Vandalism at art galleries reflect anger over changes in Boyle Heights that are driving higher rents and displacement of longtime residents, community members say.

OC supervisor's race a window into a changing region

In the once mostly white, conservative stronghold of Orange County, a Latina and an Asian-American are vying for a Board of Supervisors seat.

Anaheim, other OC cities move to 1-member council districts

Anaheim is one of several Orange County cities where Latinos, Asians and others have challenged at-large elections, seeking a greater political voice.

Latino civic engagement group to press feds for undisrupted elections

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's claim that the election will be rigged is raising fears that self-appointed "poll watchers" could harass voters of color.

Jury still out on Adelanto detention center health care

A new health care provider brought in by the private operator of the Adelanto immigrant detention facility after two detainees died last year has been met with mixed reviews.

Homeland Security rethinks private immigrant detention centers

Many immigrants who are awaiting or fighting deportation around the U.S. are held by federal officials in privately run detention centers, a system that is coming under increasing scrutiny.

Some who applied for citizenship may not get to vote

As of June 30, more than half a million applications for naturalization were pending nationwide, or over 100,000 more than a year earlier.

Hate crimes on the rise in LA County

The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations tallied 483 reported hate crimes in 2015, an increase of nearly 100 offenses over the previous year.

Music video depicting burglars in 'Chinese neighborhood' angers Chinese-Americans

The video went up on YouTube in 2014, but lately it has been making the rounds on WeChat, a Chinese social media app. Some Chinese-Americans say it plays to racial stereotypes and is offensive.

Haitian deportations to resume as more arrive at California border

Most Haitians had been protected from deportation after that country’s devastating earthquake in January 2010, but those protections are being lifted.

Illegal immigration dips and diversifies in California

A new report finds that the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has stayed roughly the same since 2009 and dropped a little in California. But the countries they are coming from have shifted.

Boyle Heights and the art of gentrification

Art galleries in Boyle Heights are drawing community objections, but at least one gallery director asks that not all art spaces be painted with the same brush.