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
With budget issues left unresolved and lawmakers bruised by the shutdown battle, is there any chance of comprehensive immigration reform this year?
In immigration news: After the shutdown, LAPD's impound policy, deportation protests, the 'Prop 187 effect,' more
As U.S. lawmakers talk about contemplating reform once more, a California court has given a temporary stay to a Los Angeles police policy that benefits unlicensed immigrant drivers.
A new report suggests that what happened in California after GOP leaders embraced the 1994 initiative could hurt Republicans in other states if they don't act on immigration reform.
In immigration news: 'Renewed' reform push promised, border agents affected by shutdown, the Dodgers' Jaime Jarrín, more
President Obama is calling for a renewed effort to "fix the 'broken' immigration system" after signing a bill to end the government shutdown; border agents say the shutdown forced them to temporarily work without pay. This and more.
Many Dodger fans recognize Jaime Jarrín for his elegant style as the Spanish voice of the Dodgers. But few know about his life before baseball swept him away.
In immigration news: An effort to identify Guatemala war victims, a 'fly-in' to sell reform to GOP, E-Verify and the shutdown, more
A Guatemala-based NGO that works to identify long-missing victims of that country's civil war hopes to gather DNA samples from immigrant families in the U.S., starting with Los Angeles. This and more.
A forensic group is using DNA to help families find relatives who disappeared during Guatemala's brutal civil war. Now they're reaching out to LA area immigrants.
In immigration news: California's new laws, the immigrant detention 'bed mandate,' diversity and TV ratings, more
While California's governor has signed a list of immigration-related bills this year, other states have backed off on immigration measures. This and more.
In immigration news: GOP makes Latino push in California, Illinois driver's licenses, 'unskilled' workers and the economy, more
The GOP is launching an effort to win over Latino voters in California and other key states, part of a $10 million effort by the Republican National Party. This and more.
In immigration news: Reform and the GOP's prospects, British enforcement bill, cross-border shooting deaths, more
Polls conducted in GOP-led California districts suggest that Republican support for immigration reform could improve the party's image among Latino voters. This and more.
In immigration news: Democratic lawmakers arrested at DC rally, political activist faces deportation, border abuse allegations, more
Two hundred arrests at the National Mall during Tuesday's D.C. immigration protest - and a performance by Los Tigres del Norte. This and more.
Some of the immigration-related bills Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law would have been politically unthinkable just a few years ago.
Demonstrators have been rallying for immigration reform on the National Mall in spite of the government shutdown. This and more.
In immigration news: 'Trust Act' and other bills signed in CA, weekend marches, 'immigrant friendly' Midwest cities, more
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills tied to immigration this weekend, including a landmark measure that limits who state and local police can hold for deportation. This and more.
The North Vietnamese general was regarded as a skilled military leader who defeated the U.S. and the French. But he's not remembered fondly in Southern California's Vietnamese refugee community.