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

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.

California's 'anti-Arizona' TRUST Act is back for another round

Two months after California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have limited state and local cops' cooperation with immigration agents, an Assembly member is introducing a reworked version.

In the news this morning: Youth immigrant activists expand goals, evangelicals and immigration reform, deferred action, more

Young immigrant activists cast a wider net - New York Times Meeting in Kansas City, hundreds of leaders of United We Dream, the nation's largest youth immigrant activist network, has voted "to expand beyond their past demands for citizenship for young people, and to mobilize in support of a bill to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Deferred action applications have slowed since September. Why?

Since an initial peak in September, incoming applications for temporary legal status have slowed, and there are several theories as to why.

In the news this morning: Immigrant moms lead decline in US birthrate, STEM-related immigration bill up for vote, more

A slowdown in births to immigrant moms leads record decline in US birthrate - Southern California Public Radio Between 2007 and 2010, the birth rate for U.S.-born women decreased six percent, while the birth rate for foreign-born women plunged 14 percent.

A slowdown in births to immigrant moms leads record decline in US birthrate

Birth rates slow among immigrants to this country - it's part of a general decline in the American birth rate.

In the news this morning: Brewer sued over DACA driver's license policy, Democrats talk immigration reform, how Asian Americans voted in California, more

Jan Brewer sued over license policy for immigrants - Associated Press A coalition of civil and immigrant rights groups has filed a lawsuit that challenges Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order barring young people who receive temporary legal status under the deferred action program from obtaining driver's licenses.

CA Asian-American voters heavily backed Obama, Prop 30

Asian-American voters overwhelmingly voted to reelect President Obama, and a new statewide poll bears these numbers out in California.