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

The back of the immigrant line can be endless

The story of a would-be immigrant, and the visa backlogs that have kept her in limbo for decades, illustrates the long waits people face to enter the U.S.

Immigration news: White House reform plan, Arizona arrests

A roundup of immigration-related news from Washington and the rest of the country.

Report: A snapshot of US Latinos today, by the numbers

A new report provides statistical details behind the way the nation's largest ethnic group is evolving in its role within the U.S. population.

In immigration news: ICE deportation tactics, steep citizenship application fees, GOP's internal immigration battle, more

Immigration tactics aimed at boosting deportations - USA Today New records obtained show that "U.S. immigration officials laid out plans last year that would ratchet up expulsions of immigrants convicted of minor crimes as part of an urgent push to make sure the government would not fall short of its criminal deportation targets.

Are steep fees discouraging immigrants from becoming US citizens?

For many immigrants, the high cost of applying for U.S. citizenship represents a financial sacrifice. It could be a big reason more don't apply.

OC settlement requires deputies to accommodate religious attire in custody

A legal settlement will keep Orange County sheriff’s deputies from ordering people in custody who wear religious attire to remove it.

State of the Union 2013: Reaction is mixed to Obama's immigration proposals

How immigrants and others reacted the the president's proposals on immigration depended on how they heard him and what he said.

In immigration news: Senate reform hearing, immigration in the State of the Union, explaining the 11 million, more

Senate panel tackles immigration - New York Times The Senate Judiciary Committee, "which will likely put its own stamp on any immigration bill to reach its conference room," is set to hold its first immigration reform hearing today.

Korean American voter drive aims to engage young and old

The idea is to boost civic participation among working-age voters 30 to 55, with some persuasion from teens their children's age.

In immigration news: Lawmakers push for highly-skilled visas, Asian American reform priorities, lateral deportation, more

Lawmakers, entrepreneurs push immigration proposals ahead of State of the Union - Washington Post From the story: "A group of entrepreneurs and legislators is urging President Obama to put particular emphasis on bringing more highly skilled, foreign-born individuals into the country, as calls for broad immigration reform grow louder.

From a grandson of a 'paper son' and 'paper daughter'

There are all kinds of illegal immigration stories, some from long ago. A Chinese American grandson of two unauthorized immigrants tells theirs.

In immigration news: New reform task force, accents and the immigration debate, State of the Union, more

Condi Rice, Cisneros, ex-govs lead immigration effort - USA Today Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former housing secretary Henry Cisneros are co-chairing "a new bipartisan task force that will offer recommendations to Congress on how to revamp the nation's immigration laws.

Hate crime charges filed against Compton gang members

Two alleged gang members, both Latino, are accused of attacking four black juveniles while using racial slurs. Prosecutors are pursuing civil rights charges.

Report: Children of immigrants transforming nation

The adult children of immigrants do better economically and educationally than their parents did, and tend to vote Democratic.

In immigration news: Reform and the economy, House immigration debate, a 'racist rager' at Duke University, more

Immigration reform issue: The effect on the budget - New York Times Immigration reform failed in 2007 when the economic picture in the U.S. was better than it is now. How might the current economy influence prospects for comprehensive reform today?