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

'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

Protesters ask New York Times to stop using 'illegal immigrant'

Activists trying to convince news organizations to stop using "illegal immigrant" take it a step further, protesting and delivering petitions to the newspaper. This afternoon the Times announced it would tweak its style.

In immigration news: Napolitano testifies in Senate, the role of conservative talk radio, how hospitals 'deport' sick immigrants, more

Senate immigration reform hearings continue for a third day, with the Boston bombings still overshadowing the debate. This and more.

The Boston bombing meets the immigration debate

A sampling of headlines and stories as the Boston bombing overshadows immigration reform talks.

In immigration news: Reform debate turns to Boston bombings, few Chechens allowed to settle in US, hope for a House bill, more

As Senate hearings start on comprehensive immigration reform, the two Boston bombing suspects' roots in Chechnya are overshadowing talks.

No same-sex marriage provision in Senate immigration bill

Advocates had hoped the proposed bill would include a provision allowing gays and lesbians to sponsor foreign-born partners for immigrant visas.