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

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.

Latinos throughout LA welcome news of first Latin American pope

From an Argentine restaurant in Van Nuys to downtown Los Angeles, Catholics were excited at the selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

In immigration news: Race in six words, who's lobbying in reform debate, nursing homes want guest workers, more

Six words: Ask who I am, not what - NPR An interview with correspondent Michele Norris, whose Race Card Project asks contributors to share their experience of race in six words. One of the stories featured is that of a Korean American woman from Seattle who is often asked, "Where are you really from?"

Report: Native-born Californians will soon be majority in LA County

A new study predicts that native-born residents, many of them children of immigrants, will outnumber transplants by the end of the year.

In immigration news: Evangelicals and reform, GOP lawmakers protest detainee releases, immigrant labor meets Greek yogurt, more

Evangelicals could be key to GOP immigration push - U.S. News & World Report More on how conservative evangelical groups have been supporting immigration reform as being in accordance with their faith.

In immigration news: New ICE tool helps decide who is detained, Catholic bishops push reform, 'amnesty' opponents mobilize, more

ICE using new tool for detention decisions - KPBS As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement releases immigrant detainees, ostensibly for budget reasons, the agency is using a new took to decide who is detained and who isn't.

Immigrant buyers fueling demand for homes

If you're selling your house in California or New York, there's a good chance you'll sell it to an immigrant.