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

A financial 'wild west' in the San Gabriel Valley

Under the EB-5 visa program 10,000 foreign investors are granted green cards each year. Many invest in local development. But critics say the program needs oversight.

As Huntington Park goes, does Southern California?

Some see the appointment of two city commissioners who don't have legal status as a predictor of what's to come, with more immigrants involved in civic life.

Sheriff's Department asks for more time to fine-tune immigration program

Sheriff's officials have asked for more time to report back to county supervisors on how much or little they'll cooperate with feds on detaining people for deportation.

Chinese investors sue LA investment firm for misusing money

Luca International Group had an office in the San Gabriel Valley. Among Luca's investors were hopeful immigrants who were investing money through the federal EB 5 visa program.

How driver's licenses are helping immigrant women find work

In California, immigrants without legal status can get driver's licenses. That's putting more immigrant women behind the wheel and into the workforce.

New Huntington Park commissioners don't have legal status

The city appointed two residents to serve on local commissions. A city official says both are longtime volunteers, but have been unable to obtain legal status.

As we cross our fingers for El Niño, Peru braces for floods

The rains would bring relief to Southern California. But Peruvians who live here are worried for family back home. Peru has already declared a state of emergency.

El Monte sweatshop slavery case still resonates 20 years later

Dozens of Thai migrants were held captive in sweatshops. The case is considered a landmark that influenced immigration and labor policies.

Debate over immigration program heats up after San Francisco shooting

A new federal program seeks to deport immigrants only if they are convicted of crimes, but the plan is drawing heat from both sides of the immigration debate.

In LA's 'Tehrangeles,' mixed feelings about proposed US-Iran accord

Many are cautiously optimistic about easing sanctions, but say they don't trust the Iranian government.

Greek economic crisis could bring a wave of new migrants

The Greek diaspora in the U.S. dates back generations. One local organization says it's been overwhelmed lately with pleas from Greek workers who want to move to L.A.

New Filipino English words added to Oxford dictionary

Oxford is adding more "world English" to its pages, giving a nod to terms like "balikbayan," "comfort room" and "carnap" this year. Read on for definitions.

City of LA unveils its plan to patrol wage theft

A proposed "Office of Labor Standards" would employ five people and could grow to 39. The city could spend about $2 million publicizing the program to low-wage workers.

Enforcing local minimum wage in 'epicenter' of wage theft

Wage theft is common in some local industries - and hard to root out. Los Angeles will have to start it's own unit if if wants to enforce it's higher minimum wage.

Boyle Heights: 'As American as we want and as Mexican as we want'

Children and grandchildren of Mexican immigrants are opening funky new stores in Boyle Heights. They see the changes not as gentrification, but rather evolution.