Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
Research shows that politically engaged parents lead to politically engaged children. But parents' political influence takes different forms.
In immigration news: Obama appeals executive action ruling, LA County weighs 'deferred action task force,' work permits for H-4 spouses, more
The Obama administration is appealing a ruling by a federal judge that has temporarily put its immigration plan on hold. This and more.
Three LA County supervisors want to create a task force to help implement President Obama's immigration plan, which is temporarily on hold. A vote is expected today.
In immigration news: Courts in crisis, LA County to weigh executive action task force, Iñárritu's Oscars speech, more
Mexican director and screenwriter Alejandro González Iñárritu gives a shout-out to countrymen and Mexican immigrants in the U.S. during his Oscars speech. This and more.
Because an appeal could take time, advocates are asking the Obama administration to seek an emergency order that would still let immigrants apply for temporary legal status. This and more.
In immigration news: Executive action in limbo, Lunar New Year, California issues nearly 60,000 AB 60 licenses, more
The California DMV issued 59,000 driver’s licenses in January to immigrants in the U.S. illegally who applied under the law known as AB 60. This and more.
Second and third-generation Chinese and Vietnamese-Americans don't necessarily believe traditional Lunar New Year superstitions. But they couldn't hurt...
In immigration news: The executive action ruling, immigrants told to keep preparing, Homeland Security funding, more
The federal judge's ruling that has put President Obama's immigration plan on hold is based on administrative law, not constitutional law. This and more.
The LA port crisis has left shops in Chinatown with merchandise stuck on the docks while people are stocking up for Lunar New Year.
In immigration news: Judge's ruling blocks executive action, Homeland Security funding battle, new refugee policy, more
A federal judge in Texas has issued a ruling temporarily blocking President Obama's executive immigration order; the administration plans to appeal. This and more.
In immigration news: Anti-executive action lawsuit, LA libraries to help immigrants, border security and the DHS funding battle, more
A federal judge in Texas is soon expected to rule on a lawsuit filed by 26 states to stop President Obama's immigration order. This and more.
LA public libraries are ready to become 'information centers' for immigrants seeking temporary legal status. It's part of a nationwide effort by cities.
In immigration news: Capitol sit-ins, a not-so-diverse LA City Council, immigrant driver's licenses, more
Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, but this isn't represented in its elected leadership. This and more.
Out of 15 City Council members, 14 are men. Only four Latinos hold council seats, and there are no Asian-Americans.
Immigrants who arrived in the US as minors but were too old to qualify for DACA will soon be able to seek temporary relief. This and more.