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

In immigration news: The 2014 debate begins, SB 1070 correspondence, black immigrants, visa backlogs, more

House Republican leadership has hinted at movement on immigration reform this year, but realistically, a comprehensive bill succeeding is still a long shot. This and more.

Immigration issues to watch in 2014

The immigration reform debate isn't going away, but there are other immigration stories likely to play out in a big way next year. Here's a look ahead.

Group helping families of Guatemala's wartime missing returns to LA

A forensic anthropology team from Guatemala returns to Los Angeles next month, hoping to collect DNA that can help identify some of the long-unidentified dead from that country's civil war.

California's 'Trust Act' challenges federal policy as it aims to limit deportations

A precedent-setting California law will limit who state and local authorities can hold for deportation. But unlike with the last landmark state immigration law - Arizona's SB 1070 - it hasn't prompted a federal challenge.

Obama says lack of progress on immigration reform 'frustrating,' but sees promise in 2014

In a year-end press conference, President Obama gave brief mention to immigration reform, saying it was "frustrating" that it didn't pass this year but expressing hope for the next.

In immigration news: Deportations drop, reform and the coming year, Noche Buena, Muslim kids and bullying, more

In fiscal year 2013, immigration officials removed 368,644 immigrants from the United States. After years of record deportations, it's the lowest number since President Obama took office. This and more.

'It is just a joke': Muslim children, teens report bullying in California schools

A new survey that tracks bullying directed at Muslim children and teens in California finds that half have been subject to "mean comments and rumors" over their religion, and one-tenth subject to physical bullying.

Deportations drop for first time since start of Obama administration

After years of record highs, the number of people deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this year is the lowest since before the start of the Obama administration.

In immigration news: Deportation numbers, more calls for deportation relief, how an immigrant city evolves, more

Federal statistics through Sept. 7 suggest a possible slowdown in deportations this year; Homeland Security officials are expected to announce full year-end removal numbers Thursday. This and more.

Report: More Latinos and Asian Americans favor deportation relief for immigrants

A new survey finds that among both Latinos and Asian Americans, more people believe it’s more important for unauthorized immigrants to have relief from deportation than a path to U.S. citizenship.

Deportations still high, but ICE numbers suggest first slowdown in years

As calls intensify for President Obama to halt deportations, federal numbers suggest a slowdown this year. It would be the first after years of record removals; more than 1.9 million immigrants have been removed from the U.S. since 2009.

In immigration news: Obamacare and immigrants, #NotYourAsianSidekick creator, global remittances, more

How Obamacare affects - and doesn't affect - immigrants. Those who are in the country illegally cannot obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. This and more.

Blogger's mock sidewalk shrine for 'fallen teddy bear' draws ire in Anaheim

A maimed teddy bear is at the center of a controversy in Anaheim, where a blogger is accused of mocking sidewalk memorials set up by Latinos to honor victims of officer-involved shootings.

In immigration news: Reform and the coming year, immigrants hesitate on insurance, aftermath of Alabama's HB 56, more

With no deal reached this year on immigration reform, some are hopeful talks will move forward in early 2014. But the upcoming primaries could get in the way. This and more.

In immigration news: House leaves as reform push continues, a jump in asylum claims, visas and mental illness, more

The House of Representatives has wrapped up for 2013, although House GOP leadership insists immigration will be a "top priority" next year. This and more.