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.

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In immigration news: Reform plans make tentative progress, Rubio's hesitation, why some Latinos say 'mojado,' more

Immigration overhaul inches forward, but big hurdles remain - NPR The Senate "Gang of Eight" working group is expected to announce proposed legislation next week, but " as anyone who closely watched comprehensive immigration overhaul efforts in 2006 and 2007 can tell you, the Senate part of this is the relatively easy piece.

In immigration news: The not-so-fast reform deal

Congress is officially in recess, but special working groups in the House and Senate are making progress on legislative packages.

A clash over family-sponsored immigrant visas

Lawmakers have proposed eliminating visas for siblings and adult married children of U.S. citizens as part of immigration reform.

Report: 70 percent of Americans back legal status for undocumented

A new Pew Research survey suggests a majority of Americans support legal status for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, although they are more divided over a path to citizenship.

In immigration news: Obama optimistic about reform prospects, senators at the border, effects of NYPD Muslim spying, more

Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer - USA Today From President Obama's interview Wednesday with the Spanish-language network Telemundo: "If we have a bill introduced at the beginning of next month as these senators indicate it will be, then I'm confident that we can get it done certainly before the end of the summer.

In immigration news: 'Gang of Eight' senators at the border, DHS to review detainees' solitary confinement, DOMA and same-sex binational couples, more

'Gang of Eight' to tour Arizona-Mexico border - ABC News Four of the eight senators working on an immigration reform proposal are set to take in border security at Nogales; so far, the Senate blueprint for immigration reform has made a path to citizenship for the undocumented contingent upon border security goals.

In immigration news: Detention and deportation, ICE agents' union wants input on reform plans, reform lobbyists, more

ICE agents' union wants to slow immigration overhaul - USA Today National ICE Council leader Chris Crane has written to a group of senators working on an immigration reform package "that they should hear from ICE agents before they complete their immigration proposal.

In immigration news: SCOTUS takes affirmative action case, a video gamer's unusual DACA story, more

Supreme Court to wade into affirmative action - again - USA Today The high court has agreed to hear a case involving a 2006 Michigan referendum prohibiting use of racial preferences in state university admissions and government hiring.

In immigration news: Senate nears immigration deal but hits labor snag, reform prospects for same-sex couples, more

Senate Gang of 8 close on immigration deal - Associated Press The bipartisan group has been "meeting for hours at a time daily this week trying to complete a deal. There were still big disagreements on some issues, but they hoped to resolve most of them before Congress began a two-week recess at week's end.

Same-sex immigration reform may be long shot, but advocates push on

As the clock ticks toward the unveiling of a comprehensive reform package, groups pushing for a same-sex couples provision know they have their work cut out for them.

In immigration news: GOP's shift on reform, Arizona border residents' perspective, officer cleared in Anaheim shooting, more

G.O.P. opposition to immigration law is falling away - New York Times Republican Sen. Rand Paul's recent embrace of comprehensive reform is one recent indication that GOP opposition "is crumbling in the nation’s capital as leading lawmakers in the party scramble to halt eroding support among Hispanic voters — a shift that is providing strong momentum for an overhaul of immigration laws.

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

Requests for family-sponsored visas continue to dominate. Lawmakers have proposed eliminating some family categories to make more employment-based visas available.

In immigration news: Potential reform roadblocks, ICE chief defends detainee releases, black immigrants rally, more

Four hurdles that could block immigration reform - TIME Potential disagreements among the so-called Gang of Eight senators working on a reform bill, lobbyists, House Republicans, even some Democrats stand to pose roadblocks to a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform agreement.

Central Americans are fastest-growing Latino group in U.S.

Led by El Salvadorans and Guatemalans, the population grew 51 percent between 2000 and 2010, outpacing growth from Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

Poll: Immigration policies play out personally for Latino voters

A new poll has 63 percent of Latino voters saying they know someone who is undocumented, and 39 percent saying they know someone affected by deportation or detention.