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Leslie Berestein Rojas
Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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.
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The children of parents who are in the U.S. illegally average fewer years of schooling than those who parents are here legally, even if the offspring are citizens.
In immigration news: Immigrants and Medicare, Rubio's back-and-forth on reform, border security, CA driver license bill, more
As debate over health care has dominated House immigration reform talks, a new study finds that immigrants using Medicare have put more money into the program than they use. This and more.
In immigration news: State of reform, Europe's immigration challenges, health care in House talks, more
Immigration reform is a hot-button issue in the U.S., but this isn't the only place in which emotional debates over immigration are taking place. This and more.
In immigration news: Reform plans face challenge in House, Senate amendment benefits Filipino veterans, visa overstays, more
The amended Senate immigration bill continues to the floor for consideration next month, but what will happen in the House is still up in the air. This and more.
A little noticed amendment to the U.S. Senate’s proposed immigration bill last week exempts many adult children of Filipino World War II veterans from visa limits.
In immigration news: What happens next in reform debate, snags in the House, immigrant unemployment, more
It's been a busy week in immigration reform, with a Senate committee approving a comprehensive bill while divisive debate takes place in the House. This and more.
What to expect as the Senate bill heads to the floor, and the House keeps debating whether to introduce a separate bill or take up the Senate's version.
In immigration news: Reform sticking points in the House, LGBTs and others upset over exclusion from Senate bill, social media 'march,' more
After a Senate committee approved a comprehensive immigration bill, the House remains behind on introducing its own. This and more.
One amendment would have extended immigration rights to same-sex couples; another would have preserved two categories of immigrant visas.
In immigration news: Senate reform bill moves forward, LGBT amendment left out, next LA mayor's mixed heritage, more
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a massive comprehensive immigration reform bill Tuesday, but some groups' reform hopes weren't realized. This and more.
After debating amendments on provisions ranging from border security to high-skilled worker visas, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a comprehensive immigration bill by a 13-5 vote.
In immigration news: Fifth day of debate for Senate bill, a deal on high-skilled workers, detention system amendments, more
Negotiations over amendments to the Senate immigration reform bill are in their fifth day, with more debate to come. This and more.
Amendments to the Senate immigration bill approved Monday would limit solitary confinement of immigrant detainees and seek to protect detainees' children.
In immigration news: Fingerprinting at airports, reform bill faces more union opposition, immigrants and health, more
Another union, this one representing U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services employees,
With a Senate committee still wrangling over amendments and a tentative House deal announced, it's a good time to assess the immigration debate.