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

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.

Immigrant visa backlogs: How will reform plans address long waits?

The White House and U.S. Senate plans propose addressing long waits for immigrant visas that can exceed two decades for some applicants

In immigration news: Obama pushes plan on Spanish-language media, the GOP fear factor in reform talk, border mayors, more

On immigration, a campaign-style push on Hispanic media - New York Times President Obama has been taking to Spanish-language media to promote his ideas for immigration reform, appearing in two interviews this week with Univision and Telemundo.

In immigration news: Dealing with future immigration, the legacy of 1986's IRCA, how visa backlogs affect Asians, more

Forget citizenship and the border: Future immigration is the hard part - ABC/Univision From the story: "The Senate 'Gang of Eight' hasn't committed to a position on one of the most complicated and impactful aspects of reform: how to handle future waves of immigrant workers, specifically those doing manual labor.

As immigration reform debate begins, it helps to turn back the clock to 1986

Two proposals failed to make it out of Congress in 2006 and 2007, and the last major overhaul took place 27 years ago - with big compromises. What's different now?

In immigration news: Obama vs. Senate reform plans, what's different this time, an immigration debate glossary, more

Obama vs. Senate immigration reform plans: Differences in the details - Southern California Public Radio The White House and Senate immigration plans announced this week share common principles, including more border security and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

VIDEO: Obama: 'A lot of folks forget that most of 'us' used to be 'them''

A highlight from President Obama's immigration address in Las Vegas, in which he offered the broad outlines of his plans for reform before an enthusiastic audience.