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 immigration news: Civil rights and immigration, fallout over stalled CA affirmative action proposal, Obama's immigrant aunt dies at 61, more
Some Asian American lawmakers in California are facing political backlash over a now-stalled state affirmative action proposal. This and more,
In immigration news: The youth movement, 'Tiger Mom' myth-busting, minors crossing border solo, more
Young immigrant activists have been using bolder protest tactics as they push for reform and put pressure on the Obama administration to curb deportations. This and more.
Immigrant rights activists were arrested after sit-ins Monday at the Washington, D.C. offices of two House Democrats from Southern California.
In immigration news: Fewer deportation holds under CA Trust Act, Jeb Bush on illegal immigration as 'act of love,' more
A review of counties' data shows California law enforcement agencies holding fewer immigrants for deportation under the Trust Act, which took effect in January. This and more.
In its fiscal year 2015 budget, the Obama administration proposes cutting the number of detention beds it pays for from 34,000 a day to about 30,500.
The Senate has approved ProAmérica Bank founder Maria Contreras-Sweet to head the federal agency.
New census data confirm that Los Angeles County is now the nation's most populous. The population of the state also grew from 2012 to 2013.
In immigration news: House Dems file petition for reform vote, detainee hunger strike resumes, border town life, more
House Democrats have introduced their planned discharge petition, a procedural move intended to force a vote on a House immigration reform bill. This and more.
In immigration news: House Dems plan petition to force reform vote, 'Dreamers' and DACA, Pacific Islanders in the US, more
House Democrats are planning to try what's called a discharge petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a broad immigration reform bill. This and more.
A report from a labor group looks at the possible effect on Latino workers as the Senate prepares to vote on a federal minimum wage bill.
The organizers of a health coverage fair Saturday in downtown Los Angeles aim to get more Latinos insured under the Affordable Care Act before the March 31 deadline.
In immigration news: SCA 5 and Asian American political clout, immigrant advocates prepare to meet Pope, more
The controversy over SCA 5, a now-stalled California proposal to reinstate affirmative action in state universities, demonstrates the growing political clout of Chinese Americans. This and more.
A Bureau of Labor Statistics study suggests that families' college decisions are based on the parents' income and educational level and not their culture.
In immigration news: Activists push to halt deportations, a rise in immigration prosecutions, Elvira Arellano returns, more
With immigration reform unlikely in 2014, the campaign to get President Obama to halt deportations is heating up. This and more.
As more unauthorized immigrants have been prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, federal convictions have gone up, and the demographic makeup of offenders has changed.