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

Debate resumes over drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants

The debate over drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants spreads as Illinois gets close to granting them, New Mexico weighs revising its policy, and a new bill appears in California.

In immigration news: Immigration reform v. gun control, Illinois undocumented may get licenses, anti-Muslim subway ads, more

Immigration's new rival: Gun control - Politico President Obama has promised comprehensive immigration reform early in his second term. But following last month's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, some advocates worry that gun control issues could take center stage.

Self-identification v. what the Census wants to call Latinos

The U.S. Census Bureau's effort to better count this segment of the population makes clear the challenge of categorizing such a diverse cohort of Americans.

In immigration news: Cost of 'enforcement first,' Asian Americans and philanthropy, Evangelicals and reform, more

Report: Immigration tops federal law enforcement spending - Southern California Public Radio More details on a report that tallies the cost of the "enforcement first" immigration approach that has dominated U.

Report: Immigration tops federal law enforcement spending

A comprehensive new report details the buildup of the federal government's "enforcement first" approach to immigration - and its cost.

In immigration news: Enforcement spending, prospects for reform, top stories to watch this year, more

Gov't spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement - Associated Press A new report tallies spending on immigration enforcement, adding up to "more money on enforcement efforts in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

5 immigration stories to watch in 2013 and beyond

Continuing to live in interesting times - what's ahead on the immigration front in 2013 after a year full of developments in politics, demographics and enforcement.

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

The line for family-sponsored visas moves slowly month over month, year over year: Some categories have budged little since January 2011.

In immigration news: A White House reform push planned, new rules for immigrants seeking to adjust status, more

Obama's immigration reform push to begin this month - Huffington Post From the story: "An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January.

New state law to let some immigrants get driver's licenses might have little effect

A new state law that allows some undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver's license might have little effect. Many had already applied.

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.