Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
The California Republican party this weekend voted to remove a statement from its platform that read "allowing illegal immigrants to remain in California undermines respect for the law."
They came to the U.S. when their husbands were hired for high-skilled positions. A new federal policy allows them to work, but the job market is not kind.
State officials are investigating a local company that marketed a product called "GemCoin," billed as a virtual currency backed by gemstones.
Known as "China's Twitter," Weibo is how many San Gabriel Valley officials communicate and build bonds with their immigrant communities.
Last month, the city council appointed two men who don't have legal immigration status to serve as commissioners. That ignited protests, which have delayed their start
The State Department says the U.S. will accept more than 5000 refugees next year. Local Syrian Americans say it's not enough.
As more Chinese investors look to build in the city, El Monte's leaders are cracking down on illegal dumping. They also fought to keep a county probation center out.
It's a $500 million industry in LA. As vendors wait for a legalization plan at city hall, some have moved forward, securing health permits and renting commercial space
Jeb Bush said he was talking about Asians and referred to so-called "maternity tourism." It hasn't gone over well with Asian Americans.
The Mexican peso has hit a record low against the dollar. Immigrants living in Southern California say that means the money they send home stretches further.
Under the EB-5 visa program 10,000 foreign investors are granted green cards each year. Many invest in local development. But critics say the program needs oversight.
Some see the appointment of two city commissioners who don't have legal status as a predictor of what's to come, with more immigrants involved in civic life.
Sheriff's officials have asked for more time to report back to county supervisors on how much or little they'll cooperate with feds on detaining people for deportation.
Luca International Group had an office in the San Gabriel Valley. Among Luca's investors were hopeful immigrants who were investing money through the federal EB 5 visa program.
In California, immigrants without legal status can get driver's licenses. That's putting more immigrant women behind the wheel and into the workforce.