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

Report: Where unaccompanied minors are coming from, illustrated

Three out of four unaccompanied migrant kids apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border this year are from Central America.

In immigration news: Reform opinion poll, more shelters for child migrants, big business pushes for immigration action, more

A new poll finds 62 percent of respondents still favoring a path to US citizenship for people in the country illegally, vs. 63 percent a year ago. This and more.

In immigration news: Reform and the primaries, the unaccompanied minors crisis, Supreme Court rules on 'aging out,' more

Federal authorities continue to struggle with how to care for the growing number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. This and more.

In immigration news: Women and child migrants, kids in emergency shelters, where tech talent comes from, more

Federal authorities are struggling to cope with the volume as more women and children from Central America arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border. This and more.

In immigration news: Immigrant driver's licenses, emergency shelter for child migrants, DACA renewals, more

The federal government's insistence that California driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants look different from standard ones has critics worried about immigrants being singled out. This and more.

Renewal process for deferred action begins

The first DACA approvals from two years ago are set to expire in September.

Emergency shelter for unaccompanied migrant kids opening in Ventura County

Located on a military base, the shelter will temporarily house about 600 minors caught entering at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In immigration news: CA county votes to fund immigrant health care, migrants released at bus stations, unaccompanied minors, more

Voters in Alameda County have approved a measure that's expected to raise money for health clinics to treat patients who are in the US illegally. This and more.

Scholarships go to deferred action recipients

Scholarships earmarked for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals help immigrant teens pay for college.

In immigration news: Military Dreamers, deportation holds, border use-of-force, more

The White House is reportedly holding off on a Pentagon plan that would allow certain young unauthorized immigrants who grew up in the United States to enlist in the military. This and more.

In immigration news: Border migrants dropped off at AZ bus stations, Pittsburgh seeks immigrants, more

As border crossing arrests go up in South Texas, federal agents have taken some migrants from there to Arizona, where they've been dropped off at bus stations. This and more.

In immigration news: Deportation review delayed, unaccompanied minors, more

President Obama has reportedly instructed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson not to announced results of deportation reviews until after Congress takes its August recess. This and more.

In immigration news: Detainees working for $1 a day, Secure Communities, smuggling on Texas-Mexico border, more

The practice of paying detained immigrants $1 a day to work jobs in detention centers has been drawing resistance from immigrant advocates. This and more.

Immigration advocates push for path to citizenship through military service

An effort to attach the measure to a defense spending bill recently failed, but growing support for the idea signals a new approach by advocates.

In immigration news: An immigration rhetoric challenge, segregated schools, reform and the midterms, more

A new report suggests that more than half the state's Latino students attend 'intensely segregated' schools. This and more.