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Leslie Berestein Rojas
Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
In the state with the biggest immigrant population in the country, the Senate's reform proposal weighs heavily.
The forthcoming proposal promises enhanced border security, a long path to citizenship, and less emphasis on family ties.
How a 'path to citizenship' might work in practice, and what immigrant families can expect once a reform bill is introduced
In immigration news: Senate rushes to wrap bill, unauthorized immigrants have close US ties, border security profits, more
Will the Senate introduce a comprehensive reform bill Tuesday as anticipated? This, a look at who profits from border security, a poll that shows many unauthorized immigrants have U.S. citizen family members, and more.
Given a quarter-turn, the parallel lines become the number 11, as in '11 million undocumented immigrants.'
In immigration news: A Senate reform bill next week, 'aliens of extraordinary ability,' unsolved Border Patrol shootings, more
A Senate immigration reform bill is expected next Tuesday, with a focus on workers and border security, and a cutoff date for those seeking a path to citizenship. This and more.
A federal program that helps state and local jurisdictions is again on the chopping block under the White House's proposed 2014 budget.
Details of a Senate reform plan trickle out ahead of a bill, House Democrats now have their own plan, and more.
The latest version of a bill on immigration is very similar to one Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed in 2012. But there are some differences, not just in the bill but in circumstances surrounding it.
In immigration news: Rallies for reform, waiting for a bill, why an overhaul is more complicated than it sounds, more
A new agreement has been reached over agricultural workers and a Senate bill is expected soon, but there's still uncertainty as to how far it will go.
In immigration news: Rubio and reform, the wait for a Senate bill continues, immigration marches planned, more
A look at Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration reform back-and-forth, the immigration rallies coming Wednesday, how comprehensive reform opponents plan to fight back and more.
As Congress weighs immigration reform, those under temporary protected status hope it will allow them to become citizens. Some have been in limbo since the 1990s.
In immigration news: Senate bill may (or may not) land this week, debate over low-skilled workers, the legacy of amnesty, more
Will a comprehensive reform bill land this week, and if not, might disagreement over a low-skilled worker program hold it up? This and more.
In immigration news: New rules for raids, House nears reform deal, the aftermath of AP's dropping 'illegal immigrant,' more
A settlement sets new policies for when immigration agents enter homes, a House immigration reform plan gets closer to completion, and The Associated Press' decision to stop sanctioning 'illegal immigrant' causes even more media discord over what term to use.
Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants with temporary protected status can continue living in the U.S. legally, but they hope immigration reform will offer a permanent fix.