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

In immigration news: Executive action, a school for newcomers, Border Patrol shootings, more

Lawmakers, advocates, experts, lobbyists and business leaders hope to have a stake in what kind of executive action on immigration comes out of the White House. This and more.

Shelter in Ventura County closes as rush of child migrants slows

Two months after it opened, an emergency shelter for unaccompanied minors on a naval base in Port Hueneme has closed, at least for the time being.

In immigration news: White House talks with biz leaders, border militias, ag labor shortages, more

White House officials are reportedly in talks with business leaders that could affect what kind of executive action President Obama takes on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Two years of DACA, 'suspect' border shootings, detained child a US citizen, more

In the two years since the start of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more than 560,000 young immigrants have obtained temporary legal status and work permits - and their lives have taken a very different path compared to peers who don't qualify. This and more.

2 years after the start of DACA, haves and have-nots

More than 560,000 young immigrants have received temporary legal status under deferred action since 2012. But among the estimated 10 million that the program doesn't cover are young people who narrowly missed eligibility. In last two years, their lives have taken different directions.

In immigration news: Latinos and immigration fears, migrant kids starting school in US, executive action worries, more

An academic study suggests that where immigrants come from plays a role in public anxiety over immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: A fatal smuggling attempt, GOP moves right on immigration, National Guard heads to border in TX, more

Two men who were discovered in the trunk of a car at the San Ysidro border crossing have died. This and more.

In immigration news: What executive action may look like, immigration court problems, Latinos and race, more

President Obama is expected to take some kind of executive action on immigration by the end of the summer, and it could take a few different forms. This and more.

In immigration news: Why some Asians have skipped DACA, attitudes toward Central American migrant kids, more

In comparison with Latinos, relatively few of the young Asian immigrants who qualify have sought deportation relief under the federal deferred action program. This and more.

In immigration news: House GOP takes aim at DACA, Obama's immigration poll ratings, snags in immigration court as kids' hearings sped up, more

As part of a deal to win conservative votes on a $659 million border funding bill, House GOP lawmakers are debating a provision that would block deferred action. This and more.

In immigration news: Border bill battle, Obama considers fewer deportations, a proposal to add LA-area youth migrant shelters, more

The House and Senate have just days before the August recess to tackle competing immigration bills, both aimed at addressing the Central American migrant crisis at the border. This and more.

Salvation Army proposal would bring more migrant youth shelters to LA area

The Salvation Army plans to submit a proposal to provide temporary shelter space for migrant teens to the federal government by next week.

In immigration news: House vote planned on slimmer border bill, immigration court problems, border militias, more

House GOP lawmakers have agreed to vote on a pared-down bill to address the Central American migration crisis, providing far less funding than the $3.7 billion requested by President Obama. This and more.

In immigration news: Jerry Brown goes to Mexico, refugee status weighed for Hondurans, border crisis bill, more

California Gov. Jerry Brown will be in Mexico this week, with plans to discuss the border migrant crisis with religious leaders and to meet with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. This and more.

Guatemalan teen migrant says gang members broke his leg, forced him to flee

As lawmakers debate plans to deal with unaccompanied minors from Central America, one boy takes his case to L.A. Superior Court in his attempt to stay.