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

New rules aim to end visa seekers' long family separations

A rule change would allow undocumented immigrants seeking visas to file paperwork while in the United States, instead of in heir home countries.

In immigration news: Reform on post-fiscal cliff agenda, lessons from immigrants, outcry over 'Make Me Asian' app, more

Immigration and gun violence top president's post-fiscal cliff agenda - NBC Before yesterday's deal was reached to avoid so-called fiscal cliff, President Obama spoke with NBC's "Meet the Press" about issues he plans to address next: "I've said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority," he said.

How the new Russian adoption ban affects US families

The ban raises unanswered questions, including whether adoptions already in progress can proceed. An international adoptions specialist provides the basics.

In immigration news: Russian adoption ban, a phase-out of 287(g) federal-local partnerships, Iowa denying licenses to DACA recipients, more

Magnitsky case: Putin signs Russian ban in US adoptions - BBC Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a bill banning Russian adoptions to the U.S. Russia is one of the top three foreign countries from which U.

Russian adoption ban likely to be signed into law

In apparent retaliation for an American law, Russian president Vladimir Putin is likely to sign a measure that would ban adoptions between his country and the U.S.

A phase-out for 287(g) immigration enforcement programs

Twenty-five of the federal-local partnerships are set to end Dec. 31; officials are reviewing the others to "see which ones make sense"

In immigration news: Employer audits on the rise, long-term effects of a local crackdown, deported veterans, more

Immigration audits on businesses rise - New York Times Immigration officials have announced the highest number yet of companies audited for hiring undocumented workers; there were more than 3,000 audits of employer I-9 forms in fiscal year 2012.

American snapshot: East L.A.

Old school all-of-the-above, fusion, or both?

In immigration news: Black immigrants in the US, Latino churches try English, ICE's immigration hold guidelines, more

Black immigrants in America: A closer look - BET A multimedia package exploring black immigrants in the U.S., who include immigrants from the Caribbean and refugees from Ethiopia, Somalia, Liberia and other African nations.

Passing along culture with a homespun Posadas celebration

A group of neighbors in Santa Ana, many born and raised in the U.S., has brought back the traditional Mexican Las Posadas celebration.

In immigration news: Record deportations, immigration holds, employer audits rise, gun control and immigration reform, more

Deportations of illegal immigrants reach new US record - Christian Science Monitor The federal government removed more than 400,000 people from the United States this year, a number topping the record deportations of recent years.

ICE announces 'immigration hold' guidelines while hitting new deportation record

As fiscal year 2012 deportations hit another record, immigration officials announce new guidelines as to which immigrants local cops should hold for federal agents.

In immigration news: Border security and immigration reform, child migrants, Asian Americans and college admissions, more

Is the border secure enough to tackle the immigration system? - NPR Since the mid-1980s, the federal government has multiplied the ranks of Border Patrol agents, built around 700 miles of border fence and begun using drones.

Take a guess: Which are the biggest immigrant diaspora groups in the US?

If you guessed it's descendants of immigrants from Mexico, you're wrong. China? Nope, guess again.

In immigration news today: Parent deportations, DOJ sues another sheriff for discrimination, niqab in the courtroom, Asian American political clout, more

DOJ sues North Carolina sheriff over Latino discrimination accusations - TPM The federal Justice Department has sued North Carolina's Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson, alleging that his office discriminates against Latinos.