Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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 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.

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.

Labor Secretary Solis was once 'on track...to be a secretary'

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who's announced her resignation, credited a high school career counselor for challenging her sense of what she could do

Debate resumes over drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants

The debate over drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants spreads as Illinois gets close to granting them, New Mexico weighs revising its policy, and a new bill appears in California.

In immigration news: Immigration reform v. gun control, Illinois undocumented may get licenses, anti-Muslim subway ads, more

Immigration's new rival: Gun control - Politico President Obama has promised comprehensive immigration reform early in his second term. But following last month's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, some advocates worry that gun control issues could take center stage.

Self-identification v. what the Census wants to call Latinos

The U.S. Census Bureau's effort to better count this segment of the population makes clear the challenge of categorizing such a diverse cohort of Americans.

In immigration news: Cost of 'enforcement first,' Asian Americans and philanthropy, Evangelicals and reform, more

Report: Immigration tops federal law enforcement spending - Southern California Public Radio More details on a report that tallies the cost of the "enforcement first" immigration approach that has dominated U.

Report: Immigration tops federal law enforcement spending

A comprehensive new report details the buildup of the federal government's "enforcement first" approach to immigration - and its cost.

In immigration news: Enforcement spending, prospects for reform, top stories to watch this year, more

Gov't spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement - Associated Press A new report tallies spending on immigration enforcement, adding up to "more money on enforcement efforts in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

5 immigration stories to watch in 2013 and beyond

Continuing to live in interesting times - what's ahead on the immigration front in 2013 after a year full of developments in politics, demographics and enforcement.

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

The line for family-sponsored visas moves slowly month over month, year over year: Some categories have budged little since January 2011.