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: House panel approves enforcement bill, how Senate bill could reduce deficit, more

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a controversial bill that increases criminal penalties for illegal entry and presence, and would let state and local governments set their own immigration policies. This and more.

House immigration bill: What does it bode for reform?

The tone of an strict immigration enforcement bill being weighed in Congress is a far cry from the reform bill pending in the Senate.

In immigration news: A controversial proposal in the House, ICE chief resigns, a generational divide on reform, DACA a year later, more

The House is taking up an immigration bill whose backers say would prevent future illegal immigration, but critics say it would criminalize people already in the country illegally. This and more.

In immigration news: Supreme Court blocks AZ voter proof-of-citizenship law, 7-11 immigration raids, more

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against an Arizona measure requiring additional proof of citizenship from voters. This and more

Update: Moderate candidate wins presidential vote in Iran, per interior minister

Iran's interior minister says moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani has won more than 50 percent of more than 36 million votes cast in Friday's election.

Deferred action: Fewer applicants than expected, 'endless' opportunities for some

It's been a year since the Obama administration announced deferred action, which since August has granted temporary legal status to nearly 300,000 young immigrants. More were expected to apply for the program, but it's been life-changing for those who have.

In immigration news: Border security amendment voted down, immigration costs, a deadline for reform vote, more

An amendment to the Senate immigration bill that would have made a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants even more contingent on border security goals has been voted down. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate reform bill moves forward, GOP's internal immigration conflict, border drones, more

Tuesday marked the Senate immigration reform plan's first major test, a vote as to whether the bill should move forward. It will: The Senate voted 82-15 to clear the way for debate. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate bill faces first vote, Obama talks reform, amendments in the works, border shootings, more

The Senate immigration reform bill is expected to clear its first full Senate vote, but questions about broader support remain as a lengthy debate and amendment process begins. This and more.

In immigration news: Reform debate hits Senate floor, binational couples await DOMA decision, the 'assimilation' debate, more

A key vote to move forward with the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill is expected late Monday, allowing what could be a lengthy debate to begin. This and more.

Immigrant rights protesters arrested along Obama's LA motorcade route

Eleven people were arrested after they blocked a Santa Monica intersection. The activists were trying to persuade the White House to halt deportations during immigration reform talks.

In immigration news: Senate takes up reform bill, multiracial families create Cheerios 'ads,' the fate of Tijiuana deportees, more

The Senate is beginning discussion of its comprehensive immigration reform bill, a debate that could prove to be a long one. This and more.

SoCal multiracial families create their own Cheerios 'ads'

In response to the negative reactions that poured in last week to a new Cheerios ad featuring a mixed-race family, members of a Southern California group have been posing for their own 'ads.'

In immigration news: House wants to defund DACA, Whole Foods in language policy flap, immigrant driver's licenses, more

The House has voted to defund a program that lets young people who arrived in the U.S. as minors seek temporary legal status, although this will likely face resistance in the Senate. This and more.

LA City Council backs CA bill that would let unauthorized immigrants drive legally

The LA City Council has adopted a resolution supporting a state bill that would let people without a Social Security number apply for a driver's license.