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: Child migrants without legal counsel, Arizona driver's license appeal, Asian American GOP group, more

Many recently arrived child migrants having their cases heard in immigration court have no attorney; state and federal initiatives plan funds for more access. This and more.

Calif. to offer legal assistance for immigrant children

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will provide $3 million to nonprofits that offer free legal assistance to unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America.

In immigration news: Legal help for migrant kids, high bar for asylum seekers, immigrants in the military, more

Legislation signed by Gov. Brown is to provide $3 million in funds for nonprofits to help provide legal counsel for minors in deportation. This and more.

Asian-American voters get grassroots attention

Asian-American community groups are making efforts to tap the voting potential of the nation's fastest-growing racial demographic.

Monrovia military contractor employees out of work after ICE audit

Employees of a Monrovia company that makes products for the U.S. military say they're out of jobs after a federal immigration audit. But such audits have dropped since last year.

In immigration news: Sanctuary movement, Asian Americans on affirmative action, new detention center, more

A growing number of churches are reviving what's called the Sanctuary Movement, with houses of worship opening their doors to immigrants facing deportation. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP voters on immigration, another family detention center, ISIS border campaign ads, more

A new poll has a majority of Republican and right-leaning voters saying that the GOP does not well represent their immigration views; a third say the party has been too lenient on legalization. This and more.

In immigration news: California DMV gears up for license demand, empty prisons and detention profits, anti-Muslim ads in NYC, more

The California DMV could hire as many as 1,000 new employees to meet demand as new driver's licenses for immigrants in the US illegally become available in January. This and more.

In immigration news: Children of immigrants speak out, California can move ahead on licenses, Afro-Latinos and the census, more

Homeland Security officials have tentatively signed off on a design for special California driver's licenses that will be available to immigrants in the US illegally. This and more.

In immigration news: Budget bill doesn't include courts, LA County cops stick with federal-local enforcement program, more

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. hopes to a renew a federal-local enforcement program that's used in relatively few counties these days. This and more.

County cops seek to renew federal-local immigration enforcement partnership

The federal government has scaled back the voluntary program known as 287(g) in recent years; LA County is one of two local counties still participating.

In immigration news: LA joins citizenship initiative, Border Patrol body cameras, an ISIS fact check, more

Los Angeles is participating in a “Cities for Citizenship" project, with $1.1 billion in funding from corporate partner Citigroup. This and more.

In immigration news: Cities push for citizenship, confirmation hearing for new ICE chief, immigration and tight Senate races, more

The mayors of Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are launching an initiative to encourage more legal residents to become citizens. This and more.

For migrant kids, past traumas are hard to escape — and early intervention is key

Mental health providers and school officials say it's important to reach recently-arrived child migrants from Central America, many of whom witnessed violence back home and along the way.

In immigration news: Voter polls, school for detained kids, Colorado driver's license glitch, more

A new poll of California voters has 48 percent saying unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally should stay while awaiting hearings; 46 percent say they should go. This and more.