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: A final push for reform, 'Virgencita Plis,' a pop star gets flak for her Asian boyfriend, more

Immigration reform is pretty much off the table this year, but activists plan to continue their campaign in 2014. This and more.

In immigration news: Reform may 'have to wait,' migrants allege abuse at border, protesters miff lawmakers, more

Immigration reform may have to be put on hold until next year, House leaders say. This and more.

Report: Migrants at border allege physical, verbal abuse

A new report is the latest to take aim at the policies of U.S. agents on the border, this time in the form of complaints of abuse from recently-repatriated migrants.

In immigration news: 'Parole in place' for military families, pastor keeps fasting for reform, family visas in court, more

A new Obama administration policy aims to make it easier for immediate relatives of U.S. military to obtain legal status, but not everyone likes it. This and more.

Downey: A new kind of suburban idyll

Some upwardly mobile Latinos have chosen to settle in Latino-majority suburban communities that reflect their reality. Downey is one of them.

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.