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

For kids facing a judge in immigration court, 'a strange experience'

The immigration court process can be daunting enough for adults, but it's especially so for children and teens.

In immigration news: Mexico to step up enforcement, executive action plans, immigrants and housing, more

The Mexican government reportedly plans to step up railway surveillance in hopes of deterring U.S.-bound Central American migrants. This and more.

In immigration news: California's Vietnamese immigrants, Peña Nieto talks reform, Emmys 'diversity' flap, more

According to a new report, 40 percent of the nearly 1.3 million Vietnamese immigrants in the United States live in California. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action hopes, lawsuit over expedited deportations, migrant youth shelters, more

Now that President Obama has returned from vacation, advocates are hoping he'll soon take executive action on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Feds stop search for extra child shelter space, CA officials propose legal help for migrant kids, state immigration laws, more

The White House has reportedly abandoned its search for additional shelter space for unaccompanied minors, after the number of kids arriving at the border has declined. This and more.

Brown announces legislation to provide migrants kids with legal help

California state officials and lawmakers have introduced a plan that would provide money for pro-bono legal assistance to recently arrived unaccompanied child migrants.

In immigration news: Broader executive action, legal help for migrant kids, Central American migration and coffee, more

After meeting with business leaders, President Obama is reportedly contemplating immigration changes that go beyond relief from deportation. This and more.

In immigration news: Border shooting investigated, executive action and startups, danger for deported Honduran kids, more

U.S. officials are investigating a cross-border shooting that killed a teenage boy in Nogales, Mexico in 2012. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action, a school for newcomers, Border Patrol shootings, more

Lawmakers, advocates, experts, lobbyists and business leaders hope to have a stake in what kind of executive action on immigration comes out of the White House. This and more.

Shelter in Ventura County closes as rush of child migrants slows

Two months after it opened, an emergency shelter for unaccompanied minors on a naval base in Port Hueneme has closed, at least for the time being.

In immigration news: White House talks with biz leaders, border militias, ag labor shortages, more

White House officials are reportedly in talks with business leaders that could affect what kind of executive action President Obama takes on immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: Two years of DACA, 'suspect' border shootings, detained child a US citizen, more

In the two years since the start of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more than 560,000 young immigrants have obtained temporary legal status and work permits - and their lives have taken a very different path compared to peers who don't qualify. This and more.

2 years after the start of DACA, haves and have-nots

More than 560,000 young immigrants have received temporary legal status under deferred action since 2012. But among the estimated 10 million that the program doesn't cover are young people who narrowly missed eligibility. In last two years, their lives have taken different directions.

In immigration news: Latinos and immigration fears, migrant kids starting school in US, executive action worries, more

An academic study suggests that where immigrants come from plays a role in public anxiety over immigration. This and more.

In immigration news: A fatal smuggling attempt, GOP moves right on immigration, National Guard heads to border in TX, more

Two men who were discovered in the trunk of a car at the San Ysidro border crossing have died. This and more.