Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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: Passengers accidentally bypass airport immigration, driver's license ban proposed in GA, Latino health, more
Passengers arriving from London to New York City's JFK International Airport were reportedly let out of the airport by accident before clearing immigration and customs. This and more.
Initial findings from a major study were released today by the National Institutes of Health. Among other things, the study details how some illnesses and risk factors play out among different national-origin groups.
Youth immigrant activists say they want to press the White House to take executive action that would spare immigrants from deportation. This and more.
In immigration news: Activists' bolder tactics, border shooting condemned, NYPD Muslim spying lawsuit dismissed, more
Some immigration reform advocates have vowed tougher, more confrontational protest tactics against conservative lawmakers - unless they agree to support an immigration overhaul. This and more.
Some immigrant activists have vowed tougher, more confrontational protest tactics against conservative members of Congress unless they agree to support an immigration overhaul.
In immigration news: White House pressured on deportations, 'Three Amigos' summit, Latinos and Covered California, more
A growing number of immigrant advocacy groups have been demanding that President Obama take executive action to curb deportations. This and more.
In immigration news: Fatal border shooting, reform as 'political hot potato,' immigration court judges, virtual fence, more
A border rock-throwing suspect was shot and killed Wednesday morning near San Diego by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was reportedly struck before opening fire. This and more.
According to a new Gallup survey, Americans are placing less emphasis on border security than they were in 2011, and are more concerned with addressing unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. This and more.
The truckers, many of them Latino and Korean immigrants, say they were misled into waiving their legal rights after a class-action lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit alleges they were deprived of fair wages.
Navigating the rocky terrain of dating and romance is complicated enough. Factor in immigration status and it becomes even more so.
In immigration news: Reform activists promise tougher tactics, racist fliers sent to campuses, 'The Hummus,' more
Some immigration activists are promising lawmakers "relentless and constant confrontations" until they agree to support an immigration reform deal. This and more.
In immigration news: Farmers call for reform, border justice, Honduran consuls suspended, recalled beef in Latino markets, more
According to a new report from the American Farm Bureau Federation, an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform would cost the agricultural industry $30 to $60 billion in output over five years, and food prices would rise. This and more.
Accused Guatemalan war criminal Jorge Sosa was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday on immigration fraud charges and faces eventual deportation. For local survivors of Guatemala's civil war, there's a sense of relief — and painful memories relived.
In immigration news: Family visas and DACA, terrorism rule change could benefit refugees, Switzerland immigration vote, more
A resources crunch as officials process deferred action applications is contributing to longer waits for some family members of U.S. citizens in line for visas. This and more.
In immigration news: Boehner says reform unlikely, Obama and deportation, Latino groups push for Herbalife investigation, more
Although the House GOP unveiled its principles for immigration reform last week, Republican House Speaker John Boehner now says it's unlikely there will be enough cooperation for an overhaul to pass this year. This and more.