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: Latinos and executive action, more states join backlash lawsuit, immigrant fraud protection bill, more

A new poll from Gallup has a narrow majority of Latinos saying they approve President Obama's recent executive order on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama defends action, DMV prepares for license rush, more

The DMV is training 900 new employees in anticipation of a crush of applications in January, when immigrants without legal status may start applying for driver's licenses. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama in Nashville, refugee program for children, more

President Obama talks up his immigration plan in Nashville, Tenn., which has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations in the nation. This and more.

ACLU finds majority of immigrant detainees eligible for release

Of more than 1,600 LA-area immigrants detained six months or longer, more than two-thirds were found eligible for release on bond following a hearing.

In immigration news: Federal profiling rules, LA detainees eligible for bond, executive action hiring, more

According to an ACLU report, many immigrants detained in the Los Angeles area were deemed eligible for bond once they received a hearing. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP border legislation in the works, Latino voters and immigration, fewer deportations, more

A new poll finds immigration to be a 'threshold issue' for most Latino voters. This and more.

In immigration news: House anti-executive action vote, states file suit, Brown weighs Medi-Cal expansion, more

The "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act" that cleared the House on Thursday sends a message, but doesn't undo President Obama's executive action. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action backlash, 'dreamers' who don't qualify, an Obamacare fact check, more

Some conservative lawmakers hope to defund President Obama's immigration plan sooner rather than later by making it part of the current budget battle. This and more.

LA street vendor legalization sent to legislative analyst

Proposed guidelines for a legal street vending program have been kicked them back to the chief legislative analyst's office for clarification.

In immigration news: Anti-executive action strategy emerges in Congress, the immigrants who won't qualify, California driver's licenses, more

Immigrants without legal status can now make appointments to apply for a special California driver's license under AB 60, the new state law that takes effect in January.

Who doesn't benefit from Obama's immigration plan?

Roughly 5.8 million immigrants won't benefit from executive action, according to a new report. They include relative newcomers, singles, and those without U.S.-born children.

In immigration news: Executive action and 'dreamer' parents, the coming battle in Congress, Indian immigrants in the shadows, more

Newly released data now shows immigrants from India as making up the largest number of unauthorized immigrants from Asia, ahead of immigrants from China and the Philippines.

Immigration: Deportation action a relief to some, but many won't qualify

With new immigration rules announced, some who entered the country illegally are overjoyed — others weren't so lucky.

Immigration reform: Obama to sign executive order; Republicans won't 'stand idle'

A day after announcing he would act to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, President Obama was in Las Vegas to sign the order Friday.

In immigration news: Obama to sign executive order, Secure Communities replaced, what's next for immigrants, more

President Obama's immigration plan touches on almost every aspect of the immigration system, from deportation relief for millions to border security and the immigration courts. This and more.