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

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.

Obama vs. Senate immigration reform plans: Differences in the details

The president and U.S. Senators base their immigration reform plans on similar principles, but the two proposals include key differences.

In immigration news: Obama's reform plan expected, bipartisan Senate plan draws mixed reactions, the GOP opposition, more

Obama to pitch immigration reform - CNN President Obama is expected to talk about his ideas for reforming the nation's immigration system during a planned address today in Las Vegas, shortly before noon Pacific Standard time.

Senate immigration reform proposal draws mixed reactions

The U.S. Senate has announced a new comprehensive immigration reform plan that's meeting with criticism across the political spectrum.

4 good reads on the new Senate reform plan

Senators offer a bipartisan blueprint for immigration - New York Times A bipartisan group of senators "has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire.

In immigration news: Senate reform proposal taking shape, California's emerging Latino majority, the return of McCain, 'Irvine 11' appeals, more

Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal - Washington Post A bipartisan group of senators is "nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward comprehensive legislation in years.

In immigration news: Immigrant workers ponder reform, examining new waiver policy, Sandy's immigrant victims, more

As immigration reform looms, workers ponder legalization - Southern California Public Radio A Fronteras Project piece examines the attitudes of immigrant construction workers; as many as one in six construction workers in the U.

Stereotypes, 'coconuts' and giving back: Life in the Latino middle class

Life for socially mobile Mexican Americans, and Latinos in general, is full of complexities.

In immigration news: Immigration and the inauguration, poll majority backs reform, diversity of Asian American voters, more

Poll: Majority back path to citizenship under immigration reform - The Hill A new poll released Monday has 53 percent of respondents saying they want a plan that would allow a path to U.