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
With low-cost legal help in short supply, immigrants are taught to serve as their own lawyers, even while some question such support.
L.A. County's growing homeless population includes immigrants who came to the United States to earn a better living but have been squeezed by high rents and low pay.
African-American parents have long had the "driving while black" talk with their kids. Recent officer-involved deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and the Dallas sniper deaths of five police officers make the conversations even more complicated.
Police officers across Southern California are wearing black bands across their badges to mourn the deaths of five of their colleagues in Dallas.
Despite a Supreme Court ruling freezing President Obama's plan to grant work permits to certain unauthorized immigrants, some find they can work within the law.
SoCal Muslim groups always do charity work during the holy month of Ramadan. This year they called attention to it as a way to combat negative stereotypes.
Snapshots of celebrations in South Gate and Monterey Park, among the many local places that immigrants and their children call home.
The Obama administration's plan to temporarily grant legal status to immigrants living in the country illegally who are parents of U.S. citizens will remain on hold after a deadlocked ruling Thursday.
The Supreme Court decision blocks the Obama administration plan to extend temporary legal status to qualified immigrants and sends the case back to a Texas judge.
Unauthorized immigrants with American children say a favorable high court decision could protect them from deportation and provide work permits.
Among LGBT Latinos in Los Angeles, the Orlando shooting is being felt in a unique way. Some have set about creating a sense of "familia" for those who can't mourn openly at home.
Legal options and federal legislation are among the options for American Samoans seeking U.S. citizenship.
There have been voter registration drives, phone banks, even efforts by some Southern California groups to knock on doors on primary day.
Hoping to dispel negative stereotypes about Muslims, organizers will kick off the holy month of Ramadan with a public celebration in Hollywood.
A bill that would let California seek a waiver to the Affordable Care Act and open up health coverage to immigrants who are in the country illegally is headed to the governor.