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

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.

In immigration news: Asian American reform priorities, a plan to curb employer abuse, tech and immigration, more

Asian Americans have their own priorities for immigration reform - Southern California Public Radio More on how immigration is not just a Latino issue: Asian Americans have their own concerns as they await immigration reform legislation, among them endless visa backlogs affecting would-be Asian immigrants and laws that have led to the deportation of many Southeast Asians who arrived legally.

10 years of Homeland Security: Three ways in which the immigration landcape has changed

In the post-DHS era, immigration enforcement has become closely tied to national security.

In immigration news: House reform talks pick up steam, Venezuelan Americans react to death of Hugo Chavez, more

Immigration talks gain momentum - Politico In addition to ongoing discussions in the House, "a cluster of previously unknown GOP working groups — which are working with Wisconsin Rep.

How secure is the border? 3 good reads on why it's hard to measure

Part of the debate over immigration reform focuses on "securing the border." Figuring out how secure the U.S.-Mexico border is remains a tough challenge.

In immigration news: More ICE detainees up for release, Jeb Bush says no to citizenship, how to measure border security, more

Jeb Bush baffles immigration reform advocates - Washington Post From the story: "Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, long thought to be among the most ardent immigration reform proponents on the right, threw supporters and critics for a loop when Monday when he said on the Today show that any path to citizenship would 'violate the rule of law.

Bilingual ed in SoCal: Parents share their experiences

Bilingual education for English learners as it was once known in California ended by law in the late 1990s. But in the years since, the popularity of a different kind of bilingual education, known as dual language immersion, has grown exponentially.