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

What to expect as Senate immigration debate continues

Border security was the focus when the Senate Judiciary Committee began considering immigration reform last week; the debate will now move on to employment visas.

In immigration news: Health care and reform, debate over legacy of IRCA, how parents' immigration status affects kids, more

As Senate immigration reform bill markups head into second week, debate continues over fallout from 'amnesty,' unauthorized immigrants' access to health care and other issues. This and more.

How a parent's immigration status impacts their US-born children

More than 1.5 million California children have at least one parent who is in the U.S. illegally. The vast majority of these kids are U.S. citizens. Even so, their parents' status can hold them back economically.

In immigration news: Senate deliberates as House hesitates, Heritage report co-author quits, how the 11 million are counted, more

As Senate lawmakers debate hundreds of amendments to a sweeping reform bill, a long-anticipated comprehensive House bill has yet to take shape. The Senate amendment debate is set to continue next week. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate bill amendment highlights, how '86 amnesty changed life for one family, more

Some of the key issues that have emerged as Senate lawmakers file amendments to an 844-page immigration reform bill are immigration rights for same-sex couples, border security, and possible limits on who may qualify for legal status. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate bill amendments, immigrant job deaths up, California's unauthorized population, Disney's 'Dia de Los Muertos' flap, more

Hundreds of amendments are proposed to the Senate immigration reform bill, more foreign-born workers are being fatally injured, and Disney will not be trademarking 'Dia de Los Muertos' after all. This and more.

Report: With 2.6 million unauthorized, California has a big stake in immigration debate

In California, unauthorized immigrants make up 7 percent of the state's overall population. In Los Angeles County, they account for nearly one in 10 residents.

Disney pulls attempt to trademark 'Dia de Los Muertos' (Updated)

After a fast and heated backlash, the company has withdrawn its attempt to trademark the phrase for a forthcoming Pixar film.

In immigration news: Cost-of-reform report challenged, 'linguistic distance,' profiling allegations at USC, more

The research in a report on immigration reform costs from the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioned by critics, how language differences can affect assimilation, USC students charge racial profiling after cops break up a party and more.

Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

The Senate immigration reform bill proposes ways to eliminate decades-long backlogs for family visas. Here's where the backlogs stand now.

In immigration news: Senate bill markup to start, hurdles to reform, the recession and people of color, foreign-bride fetish, more

Senators to offer changes on immigration bill - Politico The Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the Senate's immigration reform bill starts this week, with Democrats and Republicans set to propose changes.

'L.A. Armenian' holds a place in regional lingo, too

There's more to Southern California speech than Valley-speak and surfer-dude, with the influence of immigrants also seeping into how English is spoken here.

In immigration news: Support for reform on May Day, LA Times drops 'illegal immigrant,' a poll on post-Boston attitudes, more

May Day marchers rallied for immigration reform in Los Angeles and around the country on Wednesday as the debate over what reform should look like - and what to call those here illegally - goes on.

PHOTOS: May Day: Thousands gather for immigration rallies in LA

Thousands of demonstrators who want a change in immigration policy marched in downtown Los Angeles as part of May Day marches taking place across the country.

In immigration news: May Day marches, same-sex binational couples, the return of 'self-deportation,' more

May Day marchers will be taking to the streets in Los Angeles and elsewhere to rally for immigrants rights, while different ideas for immigration reform make their way around Congress. This and more.