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
From new driver's licenses to a student loan program, SCPR's Leslie Berestein Rojas explains how many people took advantage of these new rules in their first few days.
In immigration news: Insurance for newly licensed immigrants in CA, a shift in border arrests, 'Dreamer' student loans, more
The state insurance department is marketing its Low Cost Auto Insurance program to unauthorized immigrants who are expected to apply for driver's licenses starting Jan. 2. This and more.
New law creates a revolving loan program for UC and CSU immigrant students.
Among the immigration-related laws taking effect in California in 2015 is one that will allow immigrants eligible for driver's licenses under AB 60 to buy low-cost auto insurance. This and more.
In immigration news: New immigrant detention center, first Sikh American Rose Parade float, 'el DMV,' more
Immigrant rights groups are criticizing the opening of a 2,400-bed immigrant detention facility in Dilley, Texas. This and more.
There's more keeping Los Angeles bakeries busy this time of year than tamales, including champurrado and cookies — and the holiday rush is just beginning.
In immigration news: Migration and US demographic shifts, executive action poll, foreign-born residents in the Inland Empire, more
The percentage of immigrants in traditional receiving states like California has decreased, while the numbers have grown in newer destinations. This and more.
City and county officials and law enforcement agencies have joined forces to fight con artists who take advantage of immigrants seeking deportation protection.
In immigration news: Cuban Americans react to improving relations, immigration scams, driver's license lawsuit, more
Polls have shown more that Cuban Americans have grown to favor improving U.S. ties with Cuba. But many are still deeply skeptical. This and more.
Some are skeptical about who will receive the benefit of changes in U.S.-Cuba relations. Others welcome the ability to send money home or, yes, bring home some Cuban cigars.
After decades of City Hall debate over legalizing street vending, proponents say a new proposal may have a chance because L.A. and its economy have changed.
In immigration news: Judge calls executive action unconstitutional, GOP and immigration, the meaning of 'hapa,' more
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has issued an opinion that President Obama's recent executive action on immigration is unlawful. This and more.
Millions could benefit from President Obama’s new immigration plan, but implementation will present challenges, according to a top federal immigration official.
In immigration news: Executive action backlash, feds want immigration lawsuit dismissed, border checkpoints, more
President Obama's recent executive order on immigration has already brought backlash from the right, but there's also pressure to do more from the left. This and more.
In immigration news: Immigrants seek executive action details, nonprofit lawyers in demand, a long wait for family visas, more
More than 1,300 immigrants seeking information on executive action crowded the LA Convention Center over the weekend. This and more.