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

Chinese New Year gifts still stuck at the ports

The LA port crisis has left shops in Chinatown with merchandise stuck on the docks while people are stocking up for Lunar New Year.

In immigration news: Judge's ruling blocks executive action, Homeland Security funding battle, new refugee policy, more

A federal judge in Texas has issued a ruling temporarily blocking President Obama's executive immigration order; the administration plans to appeal. This and more.

In immigration news: Anti-executive action lawsuit, LA libraries to help immigrants, border security and the DHS funding battle, more

A federal judge in Texas is soon expected to rule on a lawsuit filed by 26 states to stop President Obama's immigration order. This and more.

LA libraries want to help applicants with immigration plan

LA public libraries are ready to become 'information centers' for immigrants seeking temporary legal status. It's part of a nationwide effort by cities.

In immigration news: Capitol sit-ins, a not-so-diverse LA City Council, immigrant driver's licenses, more

Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, but this isn't represented in its elected leadership. This and more.

Election 2015: In a diverse city, a not-so-diverse City Council

Out of 15 City Council members, 14 are men. Only four Latinos hold council seats, and there are no Asian-Americans.

In immigration news: A long wait for some childhood arrivals, Homeland Security funding, more

Immigrants who arrived in the US as minors but were too old to qualify for DACA will soon be able to seek temporary relief. This and more.

For some childhood arrivals, a long wait for legal status

Some immigrants who have been here for more than 20 years will soon be eligible for relief because they arrived in the U.S. as minors. The wait has been painful.

In immigration news: DHS funding battle, executive action rollout, Cubans fear deportation for crimes, more

The battle over Homeland Security funding in Congress includes some costly demands from lawmakers. This and more.

In immigration news: No legislative overhaul in sight, Homeland Security funding battle, more

Homeland Secretary chief Jeh Johnson calls on lawmakers to stop tying his agency's budget to executive action. This and more.

In immigration news: Health enrollment hurdles, Arab Americans and the census, immigration scams, more

Immigrants who must prove their identity and legal status still face complications enrolling in health insurance exchanges. This and more.

Should the US census count Arab Americans differently?

The U.S. is considering a new category for Arab Americans. Most identify as 'white' on census forms. But younger activists say it's time to be counted properly.

In immigration news: Homeland Security funding battle, Obama's veto threat, measles enter the immigration debate, more

President Obama says he'll veto any legislation that tries to undo his executive immigration order. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate Democrats block anti-executive action bill, 'Fresh Off the Boat' star speaks, more

Senate Democrats voted Tuesday to block a GOP-backed measure that would fund Homeland Security on the condition that executive action be restricted. This and more.

In immigration news: Federal budget battle, applications for immigration relief, aid for Central America, more

The Obama administration's proposed federal budget includes $1 billion worth of aid to Central America, with the aim of helping curb northbound migration. This and more.