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

In immigration news: Napolitano backs executive action, Latino voters and the midterms, LA's Thai Town, more

Former Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says she supports the idea of President Obama taking action on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Fewer border deaths, Ebola-related discrimination, military program on hold, more

Reported border-crossing deaths are at their lowest point in 15 years, in part as more Central American migrants crossing through Texas have been presenting themselves to authorities, seeking asylum. This and more.

In immigration news: Released detainees, speculation over executive action, border deaths, new citizens called to civic duty, more

Records show that among the 2,000-plus people released from immigrant detention last year in a money-saving move by the government, some had faced serious criminal charges. This and more.

Newly naturalized citizens get to vote right away

Voting officials register new U.S. citizens right after the naturalization ceremony. While everyone else had to register by Monday, the newly naturalized are excepted.

In immigration news: The diverse 'second great wave' of immigrants, executive action, Hawaii's Latino population, more

As immigrant networks have spread out in recent decades, parts of the US far beyond the urban centers have become increasingly diverse. This and more.

LA get-out-the-vote phone bank operates in 17 languages

In L.A.'s growing Asian American community, many potential voters are foreign-born, and language has proven an obstacle to turnout at the polls.

In immigration news: Fewer immigration holds, new detention center for families, more

A growing number of police agencies are denying federal requests for immigration holds on immigrants in their custody; immigration officials say some agencies have released people with previous criminal convictions. This and more.

In immigration news: Honduran deportees, Latino voters and the midterms, tech company pushes immigration 'TurboTax,' more

A new report from Human Rights Watch charges that people being deported to Honduras from the US face danger when they return. This and more.

In immigration news: Ebola as political border threat, the complexity of 287(g), a binational family, more

The latest political border threat may be moving from terrorists to disease in the wake of Ebola virus. This and more.

Complex rules govern LA Sheriff's Dept. partnership with ICE

Exactly what type of crime can land a LA County inmate in federal immigration detention after time served? Critics say the rules aren't clearly defined.

In immigration news: Economy spurs US-bound migration, most child migrants attending court hearings, more

According to census data, the number of foreign-born people in the US is up over the previous year, making for the biggest gain since 2006. This and more.

In immigration news: Uncertainty over executive action, the fate of migrant kids, long-distance immigration hearings, more

President Obama indicated last month that there would be some sort of executive action on immigration after the midterms, but some are expressing doubts. This and more.

In immigration news: LA County renews 287(g) contract with ICE, Asian American voters, unidentified migrants, more

LA County supervisors voted Tuesday to stick with a controversial federal-local enforcement program that trains deputies to screen inmates' immigration status in jails. This and more.

287(g): LA County sticks with controversial program

287(g) supporters say the Sheriff's Dept. partnership with ICE identifies deportable inmates and helps LA County jails get reimbursed for some incarceration costs.

In immigration news: Some immigrants feel Ebola backlash, fewer jails holding immigrants for feds, family detention center criticized, more

After a Liberian man was admitted to a hospital with Ebola virus in Dallas, some African immigrants say they've noticed different attitudes toward them. This and more.