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

On 'Immigrant Day,' activists campaign for state legislation

Immigrant advocates plan to convene outside the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday for a day of rallying and legislative visits.

In immigration news: Fight over military legalization measure, the plight of immigrant Boomers, cultural appropriation, more

Conservative activists are pressuring lawmakers to vote down a military authorization bill if it contains language that would let some immigrants earn legal status through military service. This and more.

Smugglers head north, with bigger boats and more drugs

Smugglers have adapted as they push farther up the California coast, becoming bolder and carrying bigger loads in "super-pangas."

In immigration news: Secure Communities examined, deportation and politics, migrants' kids in tobacco fields, more

Some law enforcement leaders believe the Obama administration could be preparing to retool the controversial Security Communities program as part of its review of deportation policies. This and more.

In immigration news: 'Narrow window' for reform, local governments and deportation, 'Fresh Off The Boat' sitcom, more

A growing number of local governments are making their own decisions about carrying out federal immigration holds. This and more.

In immigration news: CA bill proposes professional licensing for some immigrants, DMV regulations for driver's licenses, more

A bill moving through the California legislature proposes easing rules to let qualified immigrants without legal status practice in several professions, including in healthcare. This and more.

California DMV releases proposed regulations for immigrant driver's licenses

The state agency lists which documents could be used by unauthorized immigrants hoping to apply for a driver's license in January.

Jose Antonio Vargas on his film, 'Documented,' and why personal stories are the hardest to tell

The journalist, who revealed in 2011 that he's been in the US illegally since childhood, talks about his new documentary and where it took him.

2 LA-area immigration consultants sentenced in asylum fraud case

Immigration officials area calling a case involving two immigration consultants from San Gabriel the largest local asylum fraud case in years.

Feds try to dispel 'rumors' as new, longer US citizenship application form prompts worries

Federal officials are trying to clear up misconceptions about a new, longer U.S. citizenship application form that rolled out this week.

In immigration news: DHS nixes CA immigrant driver's license design, H-1B visa spouses, Latinos leaving Catholicism, more

A design for a special California driver's license that unauthorized immigrants may start applying for next January was rejected by Homeland Security officials, who said it doesn't comply with federal law. This and more.

In immigration news: A proposal to help high-skilled workers, immigrants and health care, border abuse complaints, more

One proposed rule change would let the spouses of high-skilled H-1B visa holders also hold jobs in the United States. This and more.

In immigration news: California's Latino plurality, Asian American students, migrants' left-behind belongings, more

An estimate of California's population shortly before it became a state in 1850 points to how 2014 isn't the first time that residents of Hispanic descent outnumber non-Hispanic whites. This and more.

California's Latino plurality brings a sense of déjà vu

For the first time, Latinos are the largest population group in California. But it's not the first time that Californians of Spanish descent have outnumbered non-Hispanic whites in the state.

In immigration news: May Day rallies, conservative activists pressure lawmakers, Latinos and Obamacare, more

Protesters calling for immigration reform and a halt to deportations marched in Los Angeles and elsewhere on Thursday. This and more.