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

Passing along culture with a homespun Posadas celebration

A group of neighbors in Santa Ana, many born and raised in the U.S., has brought back the traditional Mexican Las Posadas celebration.

In immigration news: Record deportations, immigration holds, employer audits rise, gun control and immigration reform, more

Deportations of illegal immigrants reach new US record - Christian Science Monitor The federal government removed more than 400,000 people from the United States this year, a number topping the record deportations of recent years.

ICE announces 'immigration hold' guidelines while hitting new deportation record

As fiscal year 2012 deportations hit another record, immigration officials announce new guidelines as to which immigrants local cops should hold for federal agents.

In immigration news: Border security and immigration reform, child migrants, Asian Americans and college admissions, more

Is the border secure enough to tackle the immigration system? - NPR Since the mid-1980s, the federal government has multiplied the ranks of Border Patrol agents, built around 700 miles of border fence and begun using drones.

Take a guess: Which are the biggest immigrant diaspora groups in the US?

If you guessed it's descendants of immigrants from Mexico, you're wrong. China? Nope, guess again.

In immigration news today: Parent deportations, DOJ sues another sheriff for discrimination, niqab in the courtroom, Asian American political clout, more

DOJ sues North Carolina sheriff over Latino discrimination accusations - TPM The federal Justice Department has sued North Carolina's Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson, alleging that his office discriminates against Latinos.

Sen. Daniel Inouye's legacy in Los Angeles

The late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, who died Monday, was involved in helping to shape the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

In immigration news today: The federal-state tug of war, hate crimes, immigration reform and the GOP, more

Federal-state tug of war: Drawing the lines in immigration overhaul - NPR State immigration laws enacted recently stand in contrast with talk of an immigration overhaul at the federal level, back on the national agenda after the November election.

Sermons urge healing, action after Connecticut tragedy

Religious leaders have been reaching out to shaken members of their congregations, with some calling for a stand against gun violence and tighter laws.

Deferred action applications continue at slower pace

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reports that the daily pace of incoming applications for temporary legal status under the program continues to slow; applications peaked in September.

In immigration news: Obama administration talks reform, the fight over a path to citizenship, a 'Colorado Compact,' more

Obama prepares for immigration bill push - USA Today White House aides say a comprehensive immigration reform plan is on the agenda as the Obama administration's "next big political project," but it has to wait until the fiscal cliff crisis is resolved.

CA bill proposes benefits for deferred action recipients

A new state bill seeks to provide California benefits such as unemployment insurance to young immigrants approved for temporary legal status.

In the news this morning: DACA paperwork hassles, US to lose white majority by 2043, sorority girls posing as 'Mexican,' more

New policy for young immigrants creates paperwork deluge - NPR The federal deferred action program, which kicked off in August, requires applicants seeking temporary legal status to document five consecutive years in the country.

Census projects that by 2043, US won't be white-majority nation

In the decades between now and 2060, older Americans will tend to be non-Hispanic whites while younger ones will encompass a wider range of ethnicities and races.

In the news this morning: CA bill would benefit DACA recipients, proposed licenses for frequent border crossers, more

Undocumented immigrants could get jobless benefits - Sacramento Bee A California Assembly bill proposes allowing recipients of deferred action - young people who receive temporary legal status under a new federal program - the right to state identification cards, unemployment benefits and state-run medical care.