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

A statue to Salvadoran icon rises in McArthur Park

The Salvadoran religious leader, slain in the early days of that country's civil war, is considered a martyr and a hero by many Salvadoran Americans. A statue honoring him was unveiled Saturday.

Typhoon Haiyan: In U.S., new effort to shield Filipinos from deportation

Congressman Xavier Becerra of California is one of 28 House members petitioning Homeland Security to grant temporary protected status to Philippine nationals in the United States.

In immigration news: Path to citizenship vs. alternatives, detention abuse allegations, military families policy, more

President Obama's recent willingness to consider a piecemeal approach to immigration reform has prompted questions about how limited of legal status some immigrants might accept. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama yields on piecemeal reform, immigration 'hackathon' starts, LPRs and deportation, more

President Obama is indicating that he's open to a piecemeal approach on immigration reform, given the lack of GOP support so far for a sweeping overhaul. This and more.

Pew study finds Typhoon Haiyan stirs less interest in the US

A lower reported interest level in the Philippines disaster is bad news for fundraisers. Only 14 percent of Americans surveyed said they had donated to typhoon relief efforts.

In immigration news: Keeping detention beds occupied, Texas university's 'catch an illegal immigrant' game, fasting for reform, more

A federal policy that aims to keep immigrant detention beds occupied is a boon to private prison companies, which operate many detention centers under federal contract. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama's new policy for military families, 'Linsanity' and faith, benefits of bilingualism, more

President Obama's latest administrative change: A new policy that would spare some immigrant spouses, children and parents of U.S. military from deportation.

In immigration news: Boehner says no to reform negotiations, 'Plan B' talk returns, ethnicity and online dating, more

House Speaker John Boehner has said there will be no conference negotiations between the Senate and House on the immigration reform approach approved by the Senate in June. This and more.

Pleas for contact fill social media sites following Typhoon Haiyan

Facebook pages and Twitter feeds have become digital missing persons bulletin boards full of images and messages following the disaster in the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan: 5 ways you can help the Philippines (FAQ, video)

There are several resources that allow Southern Californians to locate loved ones and donate to the disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Here's how you can help.

In immigration news: Reform requiem, immigrants seek news after Typhoon Haiyan, enforcement by attrition, more

With communications down in areas affected by the weekend's deadly storm in the Philippines, many Filipino Americans are still awaiting word of relatives' fate. This and more.

Typhoon Haiyan: Local Filipino community desperate for news about survivors

There are still very few working lines of communication with the Philippines, but they're starting to open up. With that communication comes both relief and heartbreak.

In immigration news: Reform politics, ethnic divide over CA immigrant laws, 'virtual kidnapping' scam, more

Both the White House and a banking leader are reaching out to Republicans in hopes of pushing a vote on immigration reform. This and more.

In immigration news: Top Catholic bishop pushes reform, 'Baker's(field) Dozen' protest, border-watchers, more

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on behalf of the 450-plus U.S. cardinals and bishops, requesting the House address immigration reform. This and more.

Immigration protest targets House Majority Whip

A sit-in by 13 female protesters, hoping to convince Republican congressman Kevin McCarthy to support an immigration overhaul, went late into the night.