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: Lawmakers push for highly-skilled visas, Asian American reform priorities, lateral deportation, more

Lawmakers, entrepreneurs push immigration proposals ahead of State of the Union - Washington Post From the story: "A group of entrepreneurs and legislators is urging President Obama to put particular emphasis on bringing more highly skilled, foreign-born individuals into the country, as calls for broad immigration reform grow louder.

From a grandson of a 'paper son' and 'paper daughter'

There are all kinds of illegal immigration stories, some from long ago. A Chinese American grandson of two unauthorized immigrants tells theirs.

In immigration news: New reform task force, accents and the immigration debate, State of the Union, more

Condi Rice, Cisneros, ex-govs lead immigration effort - USA Today Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former housing secretary Henry Cisneros are co-chairing "a new bipartisan task force that will offer recommendations to Congress on how to revamp the nation's immigration laws.

Hate crime charges filed against Compton gang members

Two alleged gang members, both Latino, are accused of attacking four black juveniles while using racial slurs. Prosecutors are pursuing civil rights charges.

Report: Children of immigrants transforming nation

The adult children of immigrants do better economically and educationally than their parents did, and tend to vote Democratic.

In immigration news: Reform and the economy, House immigration debate, a 'racist rager' at Duke University, more

Immigration reform issue: The effect on the budget - New York Times Immigration reform failed in 2007 when the economic picture in the U.S. was better than it is now. How might the current economy influence prospects for comprehensive reform today?

Dueling petitions over LGBT participation in Little Saigon Tet parade

As a gay and lesbian group petitions online for inclusion in an Orange County Lunar New Year parade, its opponents have launched a counter-petition.

In immigration news: What the House GOP wants, Obama talks reform to unions, immigrants and the job market, more

House GOP open to residency for illegal immigrants - New York Times But not necessarily citizenship. From the story: "House Republicans on Tuesday staked out what they cast as a middle-ground option in the debate over immigration, pushing an approach that could include legal residency but not a path to citizenship — as their Democratic counterparts favor — for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.

How much disparity is there among Asian Americans? Plenty

Korean Americans in Southern California are as likely to lack health insurance as Latinos. That's just one surprising detail from a report on Asian Americans in the state.

'Out of status?' Rep. John Conyers on what to call undocumented immigrants in U.S. (Video)

Conyers' remark during a House immigration hearing about immigrants being "not illegal, they are out of status" has drawn support and jeers on Twitter.

In immigration news: House reform hearings begin, Rep. Conyers warns against use of 'illegal immigrants,' more

Immigration hearings set to open in the House - New York Times The first in a series of hearings that "would examine different pieces of a possible overhaul of the immigration system" starts today in the House of Represenatives; it's expected the hearings will result in one or more bills to join the plans proposed so far by the White House and Senate.

More diversity among Asian Americans than meets the myth

A new report details how the nation's fastest-growing racial group is extremely diverse, socioeconomically, linguistically and otherwise.

Will it happen this time? The outlook for comprehensive immigration reform

What went wrong in 1986, 2006 and 2007 - and what are the prospects for an effective reform bill now? A veteran immigration expert weighs in.

In immigration news: More reform plans brewing in House, reform failures of the past, Latino vote in LA mayor's race, more

Secret House group close to immigration-reform agreement - The Hill From the story: "A bipartisan group of House negotiators is even further along in drafting a comprehensive immigration overhaul than its counterpart in the Senate, but the path to passage in the lower chamber is lined with thorns.

Justice Department settles with Lomita over mosque expansion dispute

The case stems from an incident in March of 2010, when Lomita officials denied the Islamic Center of South Bay's plans to consolidate older buildings into a new two-story structure.