Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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

Romney plan to eliminate deferred action prompts applications

When Mitt Romney commented last week about ending the deferred action program, chances are he wasn't planning to inspire new applicants. But it seems he has.

In the news this morning: ICE addresses Vargas arrest case, rising border deaths, a deferred action status check, more

ICE defends itself in Jose Antonio Vargas case - Politico U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are defending their decision not to take enforcement action against Jose Antonio Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter turned undocumented immigrant activist.

American snapshot: Koreatown

Another L.A. snapshot from blogger Calvin Ho's Migrantography, a photo blog capturing little slices of immigrant life in the United States and elsewhere. In the Koreatown Galleria supermarket on Olympic Boulevard, this instant soup display well reflects the neighborhood's demographics.

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

October is underway, meaning it's time to see who has had the longest wait for a family-sponsored immigrant visa this month. Twenty years, twenty three years? The line doesn't budge much, at least not for hopeful immigrants in certain categories, from certain countries.

A deferred action applicants gets good news

It's been more than a week since we last heard from Ivan Ceja, a 20-year-old Long Beach City College student from Compton who was among the first to apply for temporary legal status under the deferred action program in mid-August.

Report: The voting power of new US citizens

Recently naturalized U.S. citizens could have the power to help swing certain key states in the election, a new report suggests.

In the news this morning: LAPD chief proposes limits on deportation holds, a Latino swing-state lead for Obama, more

LAPD chief proposes limiting who local cops can hold for deportation - Southern California Public Radio Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announced yesterday that he hopes to introduce a new policy that would limit who local cops hold for immigraiton agents to serious offenders.

Remembering Vietnamese dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien

The Vietnamese dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien died earlier this week in Southern California at 73.

LAPD chief proposes limiting whom local cops can hold for deportation

A California bill that would have limited local cops' cooperation with immigration authorities was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, but Los Angeles' police chief has announced that he'll be seeking a way to implement his own limits.

Immigration a non-subject during last night's presidential debate

One of the most talked-about topics this morning surrounding last night's presidential debate was one that wasn't even mentioned: immigration.

A political ad that pits black voters vs. immigrants

A political ad from an anti-illegal immigration group that's set to air during tonight's presidential debate touches a raw nerve for some people; it essentially pits black voters against immigrants.

The backlash over California's new immigrant driver's license law

Gov. Brown signed a law Sunday directing state officials to let some young undocumented immigrants apply for driver's licenses, but some would benefit aren't happy about it.

In the news this morning: Romney says he'll honor DACA reprieves, activist group's TV spot pits black voters vs. immigrants, more

Romney says he would honor reprieves granted by Obama - New York Times Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters this week that he "would not cancel temporary reprieves from deportation that President Obama is granting to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants.

A record number of Latinos can vote, but will they?

There are a record number of Latinos eligible to vote in this year's election, according to a new report. But how many will actually make it to the polls?

Why did Brown veto the TRUST Act?

After a California bill that would have limited how state and local police cooperate with federal immigration officials was vetoed by Gov. Brown last night, the focus has shifted to why.