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
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.
In immigration news: More migration from Asia, immigrant advocates protest CA sheriff group, LGBT marriage visas, more
A new analysis of census data points to a continuing rise in migration from Asian countries, as migration from Latin America has decreased. This and more.
In immigration news: Aging populations and immigrants, use of force at the border, Arizona license ban, more
Many nations around the world facing the prospect of an aging workforce are expected to turn increasingly to immigration, but the U.S. isn't the only country where this is a hot-button issue. This and more.
For the first time in more than 20 years, fans face the prospect of the unthinkable: No Mexico in the World Cup next year.
In immigration news: Border deaths, CA Trust Act awaits signature, reform advocates ramp up efforts, more
As border arrests drop, is the number of deaths rising? - CBS 5 KPHO The number of illegal border crossing arrests remains much lower than it was several years ago, but authorities in some border counties still see rising death tolls.
Two immigration-related bills headed to the governor's desk in California have unusual backstories. Meanwhile, hate speech greets new Miss America.
Gov. Jerry Brown now has four bills relating to immigrants to weigh before Oct. 13. How they got there is part political sea change and part good timing.
In immigration news: CA driver license bill could become law, women protest for reform in DC, border sheriffs and the 'surge', more
California is closer than it has been in years to letting unauthorized immigrants have driver's licenses, after a bill that appeared dead Thursday morning was revived and ultimately approved by both legislative houses the same night. Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested he'll sign it.
California is closer than it's been in years to letting unauthorized immigrants have driver's licenses as a bill that nearly stalled heads to the governor's desk.
In immigration news: CA driver license bill held, immigrants and the economy, border contractors, Syrian refugees, more
The sponsor of a California bill that proposes granting driver's licenses to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has decided to hold the bill until the beginning of next year. This and more.
In immigration news: State bills spike, CA 'Trust Act' en route to governor, Chertoff warns against 'Plan B' idea, more
While Congress may not act on an immigration overhaul this year, state immigration bills throughout the U.S. have been on the rise this year; a new report charts an 83 percent increase from the first half of 2012. This and more.
In immigration news: 'Trust Act' moves ahead in CA, border device searches, business and advocacy groups push reform, more
A California bill that would limit who can be held for deportation by state and local police at the request of immigration officials moves a step closer to the governor's office. This and more.
An amended version of the Trust Act is moving forward following passage by the California Senate. The bill limits deportation detentions by state and local police.