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: Cuban Americans react to improving relations, immigration scams, driver's license lawsuit, more

Polls have shown more that Cuban Americans have grown to favor improving U.S. ties with Cuba. But many are still deeply skeptical. This and more.

Local Cuban Americans divided over changes in US-Cuba relations

Some are skeptical about who will receive the benefit of changes in U.S.-Cuba relations. Others welcome the ability to send money home or, yes, bring home some Cuban cigars.

Will the New Year bring legalization to LA street vendors?

After decades of City Hall debate over legalizing street vending, proponents say a new proposal may have a chance because L.A. and its economy have changed.

In immigration news: Judge calls executive action unconstitutional, GOP and immigration, the meaning of 'hapa,' more

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has issued an opinion that President Obama's recent executive action on immigration is unlawful. This and more.

Challenges expected during executive action rollout

Millions could benefit from President Obama’s new immigration plan, but implementation will present challenges, according to a top federal immigration official.

In immigration news: Executive action backlash, feds want immigration lawsuit dismissed, border checkpoints, more

President Obama's recent executive order on immigration has already brought backlash from the right, but there's also pressure to do more from the left. This and more.

In immigration news: Immigrants seek executive action details, nonprofit lawyers in demand, a long wait for family visas, more

More than 1,300 immigrants seeking information on executive action crowded the LA Convention Center over the weekend. This and more.

In immigration news: Latinos and executive action, more states join backlash lawsuit, immigrant fraud protection bill, more

A new poll from Gallup has a narrow majority of Latinos saying they approve President Obama's recent executive order on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama defends action, DMV prepares for license rush, more

The DMV is training 900 new employees in anticipation of a crush of applications in January, when immigrants without legal status may start applying for driver's licenses. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama in Nashville, refugee program for children, more

President Obama talks up his immigration plan in Nashville, Tenn., which has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations in the nation. This and more.

ACLU finds majority of immigrant detainees eligible for release

Of more than 1,600 LA-area immigrants detained six months or longer, more than two-thirds were found eligible for release on bond following a hearing.

In immigration news: Federal profiling rules, LA detainees eligible for bond, executive action hiring, more

According to an ACLU report, many immigrants detained in the Los Angeles area were deemed eligible for bond once they received a hearing. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP border legislation in the works, Latino voters and immigration, fewer deportations, more

A new poll finds immigration to be a 'threshold issue' for most Latino voters. This and more.

In immigration news: House anti-executive action vote, states file suit, Brown weighs Medi-Cal expansion, more

The "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act" that cleared the House on Thursday sends a message, but doesn't undo President Obama's executive action. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action backlash, 'dreamers' who don't qualify, an Obamacare fact check, more

Some conservative lawmakers hope to defund President Obama's immigration plan sooner rather than later by making it part of the current budget battle. This and more.