Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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

California’s undocumented immigrant driver’s license bill: What it does

AB 2189 is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. It proposes granting driver's licenses to young immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status under a new federal policy.

American snapshot: Pasadena

Not sure exactly how to translate this sticker, but it's the most L.A.-centric version of the infamous running family highway sign I've stumbled on yet. It was in the window of a Kogi BBQ truck in Pasadena, next to a similar sticker featuring the family with a boy (no pigtails) toting a skateboard.

Democrats call once more for comprehensive immigration reform, but how feasible is it?

As its national convention commences, the Democratic party is pushing a platform that again calls for comprehensive immigration reform. As expected, its tone is far different from that of the stricter, enforcement-based platform embraced by the Republican party.

In the news this morning: Some hesitate to apply for deferred action, Julian Castro speaks at DNC, a new Arab American superhero, more

Young undocumented immigrants hesitate to apply for new federal program amid rejection concerns - Pasadena Star-News Some young would-be applicants for temporary legal status under deferred action are hesitating, afraid they may get turned down and not get another chance.

Romney and Latino voters: Does he stand a chance?

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney secured the Republican presidential nomination this week, but polls indicate that he has a long way to go in order to secure the support he needs from Latino voters that could help him win the White House.

Romney and Latino voters: Does he stand a chance?

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign has determined he needs 38 percent of the Latino vote in order to win in November. But polls suggest Romney is nowhere near this goal. Can he catch up?

Sheltering the 'shadow population' in a hurricane

Louisiana's immigrant population has been on the rise since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which drew workers to the New Orleans and other parts of the state as rebuilding efforts began.

In the news this morning: Paul Ryan not popular with Latinos, Calif. cops and the TRUST Act, deferred action record checks spike, more

Poll: Latinos view Paul Ryan unfavorably - Politico A new poll indicates that GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan "is still unknown to many Latino voters — and of the ones who do know him, he has a 16-point favorability deficit.

New address, new look for Multi-American

In the very near future, Multi-American is going to be moving to a new address and getting a visual makeover.

Romney wins GOP nomination, but still has long way to go to win Latino votes

Mitt Romney has been officially nominated as the Republican presidential candidate, but it's not because of his popularity among Latinos.

A list of immigration bills being considered in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign or veto a controversial immigration bill, known as the TRUST Act, by the end of September. And it might not be the only state immigration bill that lands on Brown's desk in the near future.

In the news this morning: GOP pushes economy to Latinos at convention, child deportees on their own, Arizona's own border fence, more

GOP Convention: At First Latino Press Conference, it's the Economy vs Immigration - Fox News Latino While Spanish-language media pressed on immigration, "in the first Republican National Convention daily briefing for Latino press, the RNC and campaign of presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney stressed the need to revitalize the economy.

Beyond boba and good times in 'the (real) 626'

The region now officially known in local pop culture as "the 626" has become a point of pride for some second-generation Asian Americans, many of them children of Chinese immigrants who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and have since put their uniquely American cultural stamp on it.

More lenient immigration measures, but not all officials feel obligated to comply

Federal and state officials may be pushing through more lenient immigration policies lately, but this doesn't necessarily mean that officials beneath them plan to comply.

An ode to 'the 626'

In a piece that does a nice job of capturing the cultural evolution of the San Gabriel Valley - not to mention its eateries and and boba joints - the Los Angeles Times' Rosanna Xia interviews The Fung Brothers comedy duo of "the 626" celebrated in their hip-hop YouTube ode to the SGV.