Leslie Berestein Rojas

Editor, Diverse Communities

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Leslie Berestein Rojas edits a team of reporters focused on diverse communities in Southern California, which is home to many new immigrants.

She previously covered immigrant and emerging communities and ran KPCC's Multi-American blog, which covered that topic.

Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

LA supervisors move against immigration consultant fraud

Los Angeles County officials will draft an ordinance to license local immigration consultants as a way of better regulating them.

CA bill seeks more health data on Asians, Pacific Islanders

A bill headed to the governor’s office would require state health officials to collect data on 10 subgroups now labeled broadly as Asian or Pacific Islander.

How Syrian refugees in Southern California are settling in

More than 1,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in California since last October when the U.S. began accepting migrants fleeing the war in their homeland.

Immigration plan would aid US startups' foreign investors

A new proposal would allow foreigners who have invested in a U.S. startup and hold at least a 15 percent stake to receive temporary residency here.

Bill to end private prisons for California immigrants moves forward

A state bill that would bar cities and counties from contracting with for-profit prison operators to hold immigrant detainees clears the Assembly.

DOJ private prison phase-out doesn't affect immigrant detention, but a California bill could

A state bill that would bar California cities and counties from contracting with private prisons for immigrant detention is set for a vote next week.

Brazilians in LA have mixed feelings about Rio Olympics

At Supermercado Brazil, a tiny Brazilian grocery store in Culver City, Mariana Pinheiro watched the opening ceremonies on Friday afternoon from her computer at the counter.

Pacific Islanders uprooting for cheaper, safer inland communities

More affordable housing has helped draw Pacific Islanders to the Inland Empire, away from areas closer to the coast where gang violence has caused some to leave.

Anti-LGBT hate crime reports spike in Orange County

Reported hate crimes in Orange County rose slightly overall in the last year, a trend also seen statewide.

Immigration case backlog hits record high

More than 500,000 cases are pending in federal immigration courts, the most ever recorded. Not enough judges and more Central America migration are contributing to the backlog.

Immigration agents target released criminal detainees

Over 100 men and women were arrested this week in Southern California in an ongoing effort to deport those with criminal records.

More restrictions sought for visa program popular with tech firms

A San Diego County congressman wants to tighten requirements for H-1B visas that allow highly skilled foreigners to take jobs that companies say they can't fill with U.S. workers.

Immigration debate stirred anew by SoCal parents addressing GOP convention

Parents of young Southern Californians killed in encounters with unauthorized immigrants blamed illegal immigration for their deaths at the GOP convention Monday.

Asylum seekers are learning to represent themselves

With low-cost legal help in short supply, immigrants are taught to serve as their own lawyers, even while some question such support.

Immigrants a largely invisible segment of LA's homeless population

L.A. County's growing homeless population includes immigrants who came to the United States to earn a better living but have been squeezed by high rents and low pay.