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

Immigrant parents of US citizens await Supreme Court ruling

Unauthorized immigrants with American children say a favorable high court decision could protect them from deportation and provide work permits.

In wake of Orlando shooting, LGBT Latinos seek safe spaces to mourn

Among LGBT Latinos in Los Angeles, the Orlando shooting is being felt in a unique way. Some have set about creating a sense of "familia" for those who can't mourn openly at home.

American Samoans consider next move after court passes on citizenship case

Legal options and federal legislation are among the options for American Samoans seeking U.S. citizenship.

Even in final hours, groups urge Latino voters to get out and vote

There have been voter registration drives, phone banks, even efforts by some Southern California groups to knock on doors on primary day.

#RamadaninLA kicks off Sunday night in Barnsdall Park

Hoping to dispel negative stereotypes about Muslims, organizers will kick off the holy month of Ramadan with a public celebration in Hollywood.

Bill seeking to extend Obamacare to unauthorized immigrants sent to governor

A bill that would let California seek a waiver to the Affordable Care Act and open up health coverage to immigrants who are in the country illegally is headed to the governor.

Citizenship applications have been on the rise as election nears

Immigration advocates say many of those who applied for U.S. citizenship in recent months want to vote in the November presidential election.

Asian-American voter turnout lags but push is on to turn it around

Asians are the nation’s fastest growing racial group, but their potential as a voting force has yet to fully materialize. Might that change in 2016?

Young Guatemalan immigrant arrested after deportation order

Immigration officials aren't saying if a planned crackdown targeting recent arrivals has begun in Los Angeles area. But they say a young Guatemalan man arrested this week fits their "enforcement priorities."

LA City Council members denounce public comment 'hate speech'

Los Angeles City Council members say public comment has turned ugly with a racist drawing and recent incidents of vitriolic speech.

Italian-Americans unearthing the lost history of LA's Little Italy

An Italian immigrant community once thrived in Los Angeles, and its social center was the Italian Hall in downtown, soon the home of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles.

More Central American deportations expected in immigrant crackdown

Adults and children who crossed the border illegally after Jan. 1, 2014, and who were ordered deported, are targeted in the latest actions.

Immigrant investor program fees could rise

Proposed federal fee increases would more than double the cost of a petition for an immigrant entrepreneur under the EB-5 visa program.

Some relatives of Filipino vets will be allowed to immigrate sooner

Starting next month, immigration officials will let some adult children and siblings of elderly Filipino American vets wait for their immigrant visas in the United States instead of in the Philippines.

Immigrant families with children in US illegally urged to sign up for Medi-Cal

A new state law expanding California's Medi-Cal health care program to cover children who are in the U.S. without legal status begins May 16.