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: California's Vietnamese immigrants, Peña Nieto talks reform, Emmys 'diversity' flap, more

According to a new report, 40 percent of the nearly 1.3 million Vietnamese immigrants in the United States live in California. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action hopes, lawsuit over expedited deportations, migrant youth shelters, more

Now that President Obama has returned from vacation, advocates are hoping he'll soon take executive action on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Feds stop search for extra child shelter space, CA officials propose legal help for migrant kids, state immigration laws, more

The White House has reportedly abandoned its search for additional shelter space for unaccompanied minors, after the number of kids arriving at the border has declined. This and more.

Brown announces legislation to provide migrants kids with legal help

California state officials and lawmakers have introduced a plan that would provide money for pro-bono legal assistance to recently arrived unaccompanied child migrants.

In immigration news: Broader executive action, legal help for migrant kids, Central American migration and coffee, more

After meeting with business leaders, President Obama is reportedly contemplating immigration changes that go beyond relief from deportation. This and more.

In immigration news: Border shooting investigated, executive action and startups, danger for deported Honduran kids, more

U.S. officials are investigating a cross-border shooting that killed a teenage boy in Nogales, Mexico in 2012. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action, a school for newcomers, Border Patrol shootings, more

Lawmakers, advocates, experts, lobbyists and business leaders hope to have a stake in what kind of executive action on immigration comes out of the White House. This and more.

Shelter in Ventura County closes as rush of child migrants slows

Two months after it opened, an emergency shelter for unaccompanied minors on a naval base in Port Hueneme has closed, at least for the time being.

In immigration news: White House talks with biz leaders, border militias, ag labor shortages, more

White House officials are reportedly in talks with business leaders that could affect what kind of executive action President Obama takes on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Two years of DACA, 'suspect' border shootings, detained child a US citizen, more

In the two years since the start of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more than 560,000 young immigrants have obtained temporary legal status and work permits - and their lives have taken a very different path compared to peers who don't qualify. This and more.

2 years after the start of DACA, haves and have-nots

More than 560,000 young immigrants have received temporary legal status under deferred action since 2012. But among the estimated 10 million that the program doesn't cover are young people who narrowly missed eligibility. In last two years, their lives have taken different directions.

In immigration news: Latinos and immigration fears, migrant kids starting school in US, executive action worries, more

An academic study suggests that where immigrants come from plays a role in public anxiety over immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: A fatal smuggling attempt, GOP moves right on immigration, National Guard heads to border in TX, more

Two men who were discovered in the trunk of a car at the San Ysidro border crossing have died. This and more.

In immigration news: What executive action may look like, immigration court problems, Latinos and race, more

President Obama is expected to take some kind of executive action on immigration by the end of the summer, and it could take a few different forms. This and more.

In immigration news: Why some Asians have skipped DACA, attitudes toward Central American migrant kids, more

In comparison with Latinos, relatively few of the young Asian immigrants who qualify have sought deportation relief under the federal deferred action program. This and more.