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

In immigration news: Many more eligible for deferred action, Asian American voters and the GOP, another OC fast, more

While close to half a million young immigrants have received temporary legal status through deferred action, it's estimated that about half those eligible haven't yet applied. This and more.

In immigration news: Evangelicals pray for reform, child deportations, remembering an immigrant entrepreneur, more

A evangelical Christian advocacy group plans to air radio ads urging people to pray for House Republicans to take action on immigration reform. This and more.

Thank you, Mr. Martinez: Remembering the founder of King Taco

Raul Martinez, Sr. got his start as a restaurateur selling tacos out of a former ice cream truck. He leaves behind a Mexican food empire and a legacy that's pure L.A.

In immigration news: Reform and the GOP, Obama's deportation discretion, House staffer's mom being deported, more

An analysis of census data shows that the average Democratic House district has roughly twice the percentage of Latinos as does the average Republican district. This and more.

In immigration news: Reform proponents press on, immigrants less prone to violence, Obama's uncle can stay, more

Some immigration reform advocates have taken more drastic measures to call attention to the issue, like the activists who began fasting last month. This and more.

In immigration news: Path to citizenship v. legal status, WA county limits deportation holds, Obama uncle fights deportation, more

Some immigrants without legal status say they're willing to settle for less than a path to citizenship, but advocates warn this could lead to other problems. This and more.

Citizenship vs. legal status: Some immigrants willing to take less, but advocates warn against it

Some people are more willing to compromise on a path to U.S. citizenship than others, including immigrants now living and working in the country illegally. But advocates warn of the consequences.

In immigration news: Fasting for reform, immigrant-friendly city policies, youth citizenship path proposed, more

As Congress returns, organizers of a hunger strike for immigration reform are calling for supporters to join in, while a draft bill proposing a path to citizenship for young people makes the rounds. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama's exchange with SF heckler, path to citizenship poll, photos from detention, more

President Obama continues to push immigration reform, but some immigrant activists are complaining that he hasn't done enough as deportations continue. This and more.

Different churches, different cultures — all under the same roof

In Orange County, congregations of Spanish speakers, English speakers, Purépechas and Pacific Islanders share the same church building.

A statue to Salvadoran icon rises in McArthur Park

The Salvadoran religious leader, slain in the early days of that country's civil war, is considered a martyr and a hero by many Salvadoran Americans. A statue honoring him was unveiled Saturday.

Typhoon Haiyan: In U.S., new effort to shield Filipinos from deportation

Congressman Xavier Becerra of California is one of 28 House members petitioning Homeland Security to grant temporary protected status to Philippine nationals in the United States.

In immigration news: Path to citizenship vs. alternatives, detention abuse allegations, military families policy, more

President Obama's recent willingness to consider a piecemeal approach to immigration reform has prompted questions about how limited of legal status some immigrants might accept. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama yields on piecemeal reform, immigration 'hackathon' starts, LPRs and deportation, more

President Obama is indicating that he's open to a piecemeal approach on immigration reform, given the lack of GOP support so far for a sweeping overhaul. This and more.

Pew study finds Typhoon Haiyan stirs less interest in the US

A lower reported interest level in the Philippines disaster is bad news for fundraisers. Only 14 percent of Americans surveyed said they had donated to typhoon relief efforts.