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: '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.

In immigration news: Senate plan includes citzenship path, more

A roundup of immigration-related news from around the Internet.

The pope and the 'Are-you-Latino-enough?' question

In the long-running debate over what constitutes Latino identity, not even the Pope Francis the First is spared.

Spanish vs. Spanglish in sports marketing

The usage on NBA team jerseys for "Noche Latina" irks some, but marketing experts back it up.

In immigration news: House nears reform agreement, Senate ponders citizenship for TPS holders, detainee release details, more

Bipartisan House group nearing agreement on immigration blueprint - New York Times A bipartisan House group appears to have nearly reached agreement on an immigration reform plan, although it's not likely that a bill will be introduced until after Easter.

In immigration news: The Latin American pope, how family visas could take a hit, 2,000-plus ICE detainee releases, more

Senate group considers large reduction in family visas as part of immigration deal - Washington Post A compromise that's reportedly being looked at as a way of easing restrictions on high-skilled workers would involve eliminating two family sponsorship visa categories, married adult children and siblings.