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
A year after Metro scrapped a plan to build retail and office space at the iconic Boyle Heights plaza, the agency wants locals to weigh in on what they want.
The increase came in November and December, following the Paris and San Bernardino shootings. The crimes include violence, threatening phone calls and vandalism.
It's often called the “three- and 10-year bar.” The rule prevents immigrants who've lived in the US without legal status from coming back legally for up to 10 years.
An annual exchange program between a Jewish school and a Muslim school brings kids together to learn about their similarities.
A growing number of Americans are multiracial, born to parents with two or more racial backgrounds. How they identify depends on their life experience.
The city has faced high unemployment for decades, but locals are encouraged by new investment, namely a 70,000 square foot development that includes a theater.
The Red Cross has asked blood donors to hold off on giving blood if they've returned from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America within the past 28 days.
Federal officials are expecting a crush of renewal applications nearly a decade after tighter passport rules kicked in.
For those who grew up near it, the iconic bridge that connects Boyle Heights to downtown was much more than an L.A. landmark.
Louisiana's Tabasco sauce has ruled the hot sauce market for decades, but Mexican and Asian sauces are nipping at its heels. Two popular brands are made here in L.A. County.
Standing in a mall with a sign is an unconventional way to meet people, but it works. The organizers of "Meet A Muslim" did so to help dispel negative stereotypes.
At a "Meet a Muslim" event Saturday in Irvine, a group of volunteers hopes to help dispel negative stereotypes.
The stricken neighborhood is home to a large Korean immigrant population. Some say multilingual outreach efforts are lacking, leaving non-English speakers in the dark about important issues.
Local immigrant advocates are fielding calls with unconfirmed reports of arrests, but immigration officials say locally, it's just business as usual.
In Southern California's diverse enclaves, people are ringing in 2016 with traditional feasts, some of which promise good luck for the coming year.