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

For some childhood arrivals, a long wait for legal status

Some immigrants who have been here for more than 20 years will soon be eligible for relief because they arrived in the U.S. as minors. The wait has been painful.

In immigration news: DHS funding battle, executive action rollout, Cubans fear deportation for crimes, more

The battle over Homeland Security funding in Congress includes some costly demands from lawmakers. This and more.

In immigration news: No legislative overhaul in sight, Homeland Security funding battle, more

Homeland Secretary chief Jeh Johnson calls on lawmakers to stop tying his agency's budget to executive action. This and more.

In immigration news: Health enrollment hurdles, Arab Americans and the census, immigration scams, more

Immigrants who must prove their identity and legal status still face complications enrolling in health insurance exchanges. This and more.

Should the US census count Arab Americans differently?

The U.S. is considering a new category for Arab Americans. Most identify as 'white' on census forms. But younger activists say it's time to be counted properly.

In immigration news: Homeland Security funding battle, Obama's veto threat, measles enter the immigration debate, more

President Obama says he'll veto any legislation that tries to undo his executive immigration order. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate Democrats block anti-executive action bill, 'Fresh Off the Boat' star speaks, more

Senate Democrats voted Tuesday to block a GOP-backed measure that would fund Homeland Security on the condition that executive action be restricted. This and more.

In immigration news: Federal budget battle, applications for immigration relief, aid for Central America, more

The Obama administration's proposed federal budget includes $1 billion worth of aid to Central America, with the aim of helping curb northbound migration. This and more.

In immigration news: Homeland Security funding, canceled court hearings, Asian Americans slower to apply for DACA, more

One of the biggest federal budget fights will be over funding the Department of Homeland Security, whose funding is due to expire at the end of this month. This and more.

Why Vietnamese Americans show strength at the ballot box

A tight Orange County supervisorial race could be decided by Vietnamese American voters.

In immigration news: Anti-executive action bill, costs of deportation v. illegal immigration, more

Senate Democrats seek to stop a House bill that would undo President Obama's executive action from reaching the Senate floor. This and more.

In immigration news: Court hearings delayed for years, talk of another executive action lawsuit, more

The federal Justice Department has reportedly been notifying thousands of immigrants that their cases are being delayed by almost five years. This and more.

What's next for Boyle Heights' Mariachi Plaza?

Now that the MTA plans to go back to the drawing board on development for Mariachi Plaza, what do residents and merchants want? It depends on who you ask.

In immigration news: Texas v. United States, White House pushes economic benefits, Cuban migration on the rise, more

Nevada and Tennessee are the latest to join a multi-state lawsuit that seeks to block President Obama's executive immigration order from taking effect. This and more.

Garcetti defends Obama immigration order in federal court

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is one of a long list of mayors who have signed an amicus brief supporting President Obama's executive order on immigration.