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

4 good reads on the new Senate reform plan

Senators offer a bipartisan blueprint for immigration - New York Times A bipartisan group of senators "has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire.

In immigration news: Senate reform proposal taking shape, California's emerging Latino majority, the return of McCain, 'Irvine 11' appeals, more

Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal - Washington Post A bipartisan group of senators is "nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward comprehensive legislation in years.

In immigration news: Immigrant workers ponder reform, examining new waiver policy, Sandy's immigrant victims, more

As immigration reform looms, workers ponder legalization - Southern California Public Radio A Fronteras Project piece examines the attitudes of immigrant construction workers; as many as one in six construction workers in the U.

Stereotypes, 'coconuts' and giving back: Life in the Latino middle class

Life for socially mobile Mexican Americans, and Latinos in general, is full of complexities.

In immigration news: Immigration and the inauguration, poll majority backs reform, diversity of Asian American voters, more

Poll: Majority back path to citizenship under immigration reform - The Hill A new poll released Monday has 53 percent of respondents saying they want a plan that would allow a path to U.

The diversity of the Asian American vote

Asian American voters turned out in large numbers for President Obama last November, but exit poll data show how this diverse group does not vote as a bloc.

Fewer applying for deferred action program

While approvals keep ticking up, the number of applicants in the pipeline has dropped to its lowest number since the program launched in August.

In immigration news: Undocumented law grad awaits Calif. court response, Rubio details his reform plan, more

Rubio outlines elements of his immigration plan - New York Times Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told the Times that his plan would provide a temporary “nonimmigrant visa” to undocumented immigrants, but that they could apply for permanent legal status after waiting a “significant but reasonable” period.

California's 'melting pot accent': The migrant effect

As we collect samples of California accents from our audience, some have pointed to immigration and cultural diversity as an influence on how we speak.

In immigration news: Asian migration rate tops that of Latinos in Calif., driver's licenses for undocumented, more

Asian immigrants in California eclipse Latinos in past decade - Sacramento Bee Census figures indicate that the percentage of immigrants from Asia coming to California is more than twice that of those coming from Latin American countries.

What to expect from Obama, Rubio immigration reform plans

The President and Florida Republican Senator are preparing to propose different plans for overhauling the immigration system.

In immigration news: White House reform plan coming soon, affluent immigrants from Mexico, unions and immigration, more

Obama will seek citizenship path in one fast push - New York Times White House officials say President Obama plans to soon push Congress on "an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.

Lomita Islamic center gets second chance at expansion

The settlement allows the Islamic Center of South Bay to apply once more to expand its facilities; a lawsuit alleging bias followed the city's denial.

Hope for pending adoptions? Russian ban won't take effect right away

The announcement could represent good news for families well into the adoption process, but not for those just getting started, one expert warns.

In immigration news: Maritime smuggling patrols, enforcement spending, E-Verify, the casting of 'Argo,' more

Border Patrol beefs up California coast enforcement - Reuters From the story: "In the past two years, agents have apprehended some 1,300 people, seized more than 200 vessels and recovered more than 135,000 pounds (61,235 kg) of drugs along the coast between the Mexican border and Rancho Palos Verdes.