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

Report: With 2.6 million unauthorized, California has a big stake in immigration debate

In California, unauthorized immigrants make up 7 percent of the state's overall population. In Los Angeles County, they account for nearly one in 10 residents.

Disney pulls attempt to trademark 'Dia de Los Muertos' (Updated)

After a fast and heated backlash, the company has withdrawn its attempt to trademark the phrase for a forthcoming Pixar film.

In immigration news: Cost-of-reform report challenged, 'linguistic distance,' profiling allegations at USC, more

The research in a report on immigration reform costs from the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioned by critics, how language differences can affect assimilation, USC students charge racial profiling after cops break up a party and more.

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

The Senate immigration reform bill proposes ways to eliminate decades-long backlogs for family visas. Here's where the backlogs stand now.

In immigration news: Senate bill markup to start, hurdles to reform, the recession and people of color, foreign-bride fetish, more

Senators to offer changes on immigration bill - Politico The Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the Senate's immigration reform bill starts this week, with Democrats and Republicans set to propose changes.

'L.A. Armenian' holds a place in regional lingo, too

There's more to Southern California speech than Valley-speak and surfer-dude, with the influence of immigrants also seeping into how English is spoken here.

In immigration news: Support for reform on May Day, LA Times drops 'illegal immigrant,' a poll on post-Boston attitudes, more

May Day marchers rallied for immigration reform in Los Angeles and around the country on Wednesday as the debate over what reform should look like - and what to call those here illegally - goes on.

PHOTOS: May Day: Thousands gather for immigration rallies in LA

Thousands of demonstrators who want a change in immigration policy marched in downtown Los Angeles as part of May Day marches taking place across the country.

In immigration news: May Day marches, same-sex binational couples, the return of 'self-deportation,' more

May Day marchers will be taking to the streets in Los Angeles and elsewhere to rally for immigrants rights, while different ideas for immigration reform make their way around Congress. This and more.

In immigration news: May Day, the politics of immigration reform, how Senate bill might benefit some deportees, more

As May Day approaches, might the immigration momentum of the mid-2000s be seen again? This and more.

Senate bill could give deportation targets another chance

Some immigrants in deportation proceedings, and a limited number of those who have already left, could be eligible to seek legal status under the Senate reform plan.

In immigration news: Supreme Court rules against Alabama law, sending remittances gets cheaper, 'retro-acculturation,' more

Part of an Alabama law that would criminalize harboring has been struck down, technology has made sending remittances cheaper, some in the second-and-beyond generations dig for their roots, and more.

In immigration news: A piecemeal approach from the House, Obama credits Bush for reform, dismay over family visas, more

Senate immigration reform bill sponsors say their proposal could get majority support - will it? Meanwhile, the House announces a non-comprehensive route. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate bill amendments coming soon, Sierra Club backs reform, more

Amendments to the Senate bill are on the way, more than one bill is expected from the House, a judge orders legal aid for mentally disabled detainees, the Sierra Club backs reform after struggling with immigration years ago and more.

In immigration news: Questions arise over screening immigrants, GOP split on reform plans, race and religion in Boston aftermath, more

National security dominates reform talks, debate over the Boston suspects and what constitutes "white," the New York Times makes a slight adjustment on its use of "illegal immigrant" and more