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.

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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's next for immigration reform in Congress?

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.

Immigration reform bill moves on without controversial changes

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.

Senate committee approves immigration reform bill (Updated)

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.

Senate committee considers changes to immigrant detention

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,

The status of immigration on Capitol Hill

With a Senate committee still wrangling over amendments and a tentative House deal announced, it's a good time to assess the immigration debate.

In immigration news: House group strikes reform deal 'in principle,' revived Trust Act moves forward in CA, no driver's licenses in AZ, more

After much stalling, a bipartisan House group says it's reached a tentative deal on comprehensive immigration reform, with a bill expected in June. This and more.

Sainthood for slain Archbishop Oscar Romero?

Local Salvadoran-Americans and clergy gathered to discuss their hopes for Romero's canonization, now that Pope Francis has cleared the way.

Revived 'Trust Act' immigration bill again clears Assembly

The bill aims to limit participation in a federal program that requires local law enforcement to share the fingerprints of detainees with immigration officials.

In immigration news: High-skilled worker visa debate, immigrants to drive future population growth, migrant deaths, more

The Senate Judiciary Committee continues debating non-immigrant visas, including reforms to the H-1B skilled worker visa program sought by the tech industry. This and more.

Census: Immigration to drive US population growth by mid-century

It's projected that even if net migration remains constant, non-Latino whites would lose their majority status by 2046, and as early as 2041 if migration increases.