Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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

In immigration news: GOP legalization ideas, immigrant driver's licenses, border drones and tunnels, more

A study calculates how many immigrants could be legalized based on ideas being discussed by GOP lawmakers. This and more.

Archbishop Gomez: No path to U.S. citizenship would mean 'permanent underclass'

In an interview Tuesday, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez stressed that any piecemeal immigration reform alternative must include a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.

In immigration news: Obama and executive action, aging in immigrant families, Argentine 'dirty war' lawsuit rejected, more

How to deal with aging loves ones can be tough for families from countries where tradition dictates that the elderly be cared for at home. This and more.

In immigration news: State immigration laws, border gadget searches, Obamacare Spanish language website woes, more

Immigrant advocates predict that the recent trend of states adopting more lenient immigration measures will continue in 2014. This and more.

In immigration news: Calif. DMV prepares for immigrant driver's licenses, Goodlatte talks reform, a deported father's story, more

California's proposed state budget lays out $64.7 million dollars for the DMV to implement a program that will allow unauthorized immigrants to apply for driver's licenses by next January.

DMV gears up to issue driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants next year

The proposed state budget addresses a major task that the California DMV is taking on: Preparing driver’s licenses that unauthorized immigrants may begin applying for next January 1.

In immigration news: House reform 'principles,' lethal force at the border, reform opponents make their case, more

House Republicans are planning to release a set of "principles" for immigration reform near the end of the month. This and more.

In immigration news: Baca's immigration legacy, US Chamber plans reform push, woman smuggled in suitcase, more

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who announced his pending retirement Tuesday, has had a complicated relationship with immigrants during his tenure. This and more.

LA Sheriff Baca's legacy on immigration

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who announced his pending retirement Tuesday, has had a complicated relationship with immigrants.

In immigration news: Baca's retirement, a last push for reform, backlash to new European rules, black Latino identity, more

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has announced that he's planning to retire. Baca has been a controversial figure among immigrant advocates over his support of federal-local enforcement partnerships like Secure Communities.

In immigration news: The 2014 debate begins, SB 1070 correspondence, black immigrants, visa backlogs, more

House Republican leadership has hinted at movement on immigration reform this year, but realistically, a comprehensive bill succeeding is still a long shot. This and more.

Immigration issues to watch in 2014

The immigration reform debate isn't going away, but there are other immigration stories likely to play out in a big way next year. Here's a look ahead.

Group helping families of Guatemala's wartime missing returns to LA

A forensic anthropology team from Guatemala returns to Los Angeles next month, hoping to collect DNA that can help identify some of the long-unidentified dead from that country's civil war.

California's 'Trust Act' challenges federal policy as it aims to limit deportations

A precedent-setting California law will limit who state and local authorities can hold for deportation. But unlike with the last landmark state immigration law - Arizona's SB 1070 - it hasn't prompted a federal challenge.

Obama says lack of progress on immigration reform 'frustrating,' but sees promise in 2014

In a year-end press conference, President Obama gave brief mention to immigration reform, saying it was "frustrating" that it didn't pass this year but expressing hope for the next.