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

CA bill proposes benefits for deferred action recipients

A new state bill seeks to provide California benefits such as unemployment insurance to young immigrants approved for temporary legal status.

In the news this morning: DACA paperwork hassles, US to lose white majority by 2043, sorority girls posing as 'Mexican,' more

New policy for young immigrants creates paperwork deluge - NPR The federal deferred action program, which kicked off in August, requires applicants seeking temporary legal status to document five consecutive years in the country.

Census projects that by 2043, US won't be white-majority nation

In the decades between now and 2060, older Americans will tend to be non-Hispanic whites while younger ones will encompass a wider range of ethnicities and races.

In the news this morning: CA bill would benefit DACA recipients, proposed licenses for frequent border crossers, more

Undocumented immigrants could get jobless benefits - Sacramento Bee A California Assembly bill proposes allowing recipients of deferred action - young people who receive temporary legal status under a new federal program - the right to state identification cards, unemployment benefits and state-run medical care.

The homegrown appeal of singer Jenni Rivera

As the child of immigrants, the late singer moved effortlessly between two worlds, achieving fame in Spanish while breaking barriers as a second-generation iconoclast

In the news this morning: Fans mourn Jenni Rivera, gay rights and immigrant advocates team up on same-sex marriage, more

Grieving fans remember singer Jenni Rivera as tough, unsinkable - Southern California Public Radio The Long Beach-raised banda singer, the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, was loved by fans for her candid songs abour life and love and her powerful voice.

Grieving fans remember singer Jenni Rivera as tough, unsinkable

Fans of the late Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, who died Sunday in a plane crash, admired the star for her personal strength.

Kamala Harris' comments on Secure Communities face scrutiny

A policy shift at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has provoked responses among people on many sides of the immigration issue.

Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

Who had to stand in the proverbial line longest this month for a family-sponsored immigrant visa? As usual, the wait exceeds two decades for some hopeful immigrants from Mexico and the Philippines.

In the news this morning: Westminster elects first Vietnamese American mayor, a settlement on Ruben Salazar lawsuit, the GOP and immigration reform, more

Westminster's Tri Ta first elected Vietnamese American Mayor - Southern California Public Radio - Westminster's new mayor is the son of a Vietnamese political refugee, a magazine editor and a black belt.

Undocumented immigrants for Time's Person of the Year?

Last week, Time asked its readers to help choose the magazine's 2012 Person of the Year. Among the suggestions is "undocumented immigrants."

In the news this (late) morning: A sustained drop in illegal immigration, Sheriff Baca shifts his immigrant policy, Obama's uncle gets new hearing, more

Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise as Hispanics hit by poor economy, aging - Associated Press New census data confirms a sustained drop in unauthorized migration to the U.

Baca won't hand over immigrant misdemeanor suspects to feds

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says he is changing his approach a day after the state Attorney General said local agencies have discretion over how to apply the federal policy.

California AG: Immigration detainers 'not compulsory'

Kamala Harris says local law enforcement agencies have a choice as to whether to place immigration holds on individuals at the request of federal agents.

In the news this morning: Ex-president Bush urges immigration reform, border searches challenged, solving the 'demographics problem,' more

George W. Bush urges 'benevolent' immigration reform debate - The Hill During a speech in Dallas, the Republican former U.S. president urged comprehensive immigration reform, saying there should be 'a benevolent spirit' to the debate.