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

Local Cuba travel agents expect boost in business

Agents who book trips to Cuba are bracing for more demand, days after the Obama administration relaxed its rules. But travelers must still go for a specific purpose.

In immigration news: Mexican birth certificates available in US, states' anti-executive action lawsuit gets hearing, more

Mexican nationals in the US will now be able to obtain copies of their birth certificates at their consulates, without having to leave the country. This and more.

In immigration news: White House criticizes House vote, LA-area immigrants eligible for relief, Mexican consulates to issue birth certificates, more

An estimated 466,000 LA County residents could be eligible for immigration relief under President Barack Obama's executive order, most of them as the parents of US citizens and legal residents. This and more.

Executive action: 466,000 in LA County could qualify; most are parents

An estimated 466,000 immigrants in L.A. County could be eligible for relief under Obama's executive order. Most are the parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents.

In immigration news: House votes to scuttle executive action, legal service providers prepare, more

The House has passed a measure that would do away with executive action and end the existing deferred action program. But it's unlikely to go far. This and more.

Executive action FAQ: What you should know about deportation protections

When does it go into effect? What's changing? How does it affect me? As SoCal prepares to implement the executive action on immigration, find answers here.

In immigration news: Executive action fight in House, immigrants and Medi-Cal, protests in Europe, more

Will immigrants who benefit from executive action also be able to receive Medi-Cal in California? The proposed state budget only says they could potentially qualify. This and more.

New immigration protections might include Medi-Cal access

The proposed Calif. budget says immigrants who qualify for deportation protection "potentially" qualify for Medi-Cal. The lack of clarity has aggravated immigrant advocates.

In immigration news: Homeland Security funding fight, how terror attacks affect US immigration debate, NYC municipal ID cards, more

An effort by House GOP lawmakers to use Homeland Security funding as leverage to counter President Obama's executive action plan seems unlikely to get much traction. This and more.

In immigration news: Homeland Security funding, state laws, more

House GOP lawmakers are planning a bill that would fund most of Homeland Security, after threatening to withhold funding in a fight over President Obama's executive action. This and more.

In immigration news: Border drones, GOP immigration strategy, H-4 visa holders hoping to work, more

According to Homeland Security's Inspector General, the expensive drones used to patrol the US-Mexico border by air don't do much to justify their cost. This and more.

Spouses of high-skilled visa holders look forward to getting their own jobs

The spouses of high-skilled workers on H-1B visas have been barred from working until now, although many are well-educated and skilled themselves.

Used car dealers hope for a boost from new immigrant drivers

Now that immigrants without legal status can apply for California driver's licenses, used car dealers are hoping it will boost local sales.

In immigration news: New California laws, resurgence of border militias, German anti-immigrant protests, more

In addition to AB 60, which allows people without legal status to apply for driver's licenses, there are several other new California laws related to immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action politics, demand for CA driver's licenses, migration from the Caribbean, more

Demand is high for new driver's licenses available to immigrants without legal status in California. This and more.