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

Expected Senate immigration bill has 3 key components

The forthcoming proposal promises enhanced border security, a long path to citizenship, and less emphasis on family ties.

Waiting for the Senate immigration reform bill: A few details, explained

How a 'path to citizenship' might work in practice, and what immigrant families can expect once a reform bill is introduced

In immigration news: Senate rushes to wrap bill, unauthorized immigrants have close US ties, border security profits, more

Will the Senate introduce a comprehensive reform bill Tuesday as anticipated? This, a look at who profits from border security, a poll that shows many unauthorized immigrants have U.S. citizen family members, and more.

The marriage equality symbol takes an immigration turn

Given a quarter-turn, the parallel lines become the number 11, as in '11 million undocumented immigrants.'

In immigration news: A Senate reform bill next week, 'aliens of extraordinary ability,' unsolved Border Patrol shootings, more

A Senate immigration reform bill is expected next Tuesday, with a focus on workers and border security, and a cutoff date for those seeking a path to citizenship. This and more.

States could lose funding for jailing deportable inmates

A federal program that helps state and local jurisdictions is again on the chopping block under the White House's proposed 2014 budget.

In immigration news: Details from Senate plan, farm worker wage deal, tech execs for reform, 'more

Details of a Senate reform plan trickle out ahead of a bill, House Democrats now have their own plan, and more.

New version of 2012 immigration bill in 2013 CA Legislature

The latest version of a bill on immigration is very similar to one Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed in 2012. But there are some differences, not just in the bill but in circumstances surrounding it.

In immigration news: Rallies for reform, waiting for a bill, why an overhaul is more complicated than it sounds, more

A new agreement has been reached over agricultural workers and a Senate bill is expected soon, but there's still uncertainty as to how far it will go.

In immigration news: Rubio and reform, the wait for a Senate bill continues, immigration marches planned, more

A look at Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration reform back-and-forth, the immigration rallies coming Wednesday, how comprehensive reform opponents plan to fight back and more.

'Temporary protected' status immigrants hope to be included in reform

As Congress weighs immigration reform, those under temporary protected status hope it will allow them to become citizens. Some have been in limbo since the 1990s.

In immigration news: Senate bill may (or may not) land this week, debate over low-skilled workers, the legacy of amnesty, more

Will a comprehensive reform bill land this week, and if not, might disagreement over a low-skilled worker program hold it up? This and more.

In immigration news: New rules for raids, House nears reform deal, the aftermath of AP's dropping 'illegal immigrant,' more

A settlement sets new policies for when immigration agents enter homes, a House immigration reform plan gets closer to completion, and The Associated Press' decision to stop sanctioning 'illegal immigrant' causes even more media discord over what term to use.

With latest TPS extension, Central Americans hope for long-term solution

Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants with temporary protected status can continue living in the U.S. legally, but they hope immigration reform will offer a permanent fix.

In immigration news: The border security reform snag, AP drops use of 'illegal immigrant,' evangelists launch pro-reform ads, more

Border security quandary could kill immigration bill - USA Today From the story: "Lawmakers in the nation's capital are largely in agreement that the border must be secured, but the next battle will be how to secure it — and over what time period.