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: Senate reform bill moves forward, GOP's internal immigration conflict, border drones, more

Tuesday marked the Senate immigration reform plan's first major test, a vote as to whether the bill should move forward. It will: The Senate voted 82-15 to clear the way for debate. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate bill faces first vote, Obama talks reform, amendments in the works, border shootings, more

The Senate immigration reform bill is expected to clear its first full Senate vote, but questions about broader support remain as a lengthy debate and amendment process begins. This and more.

In immigration news: Reform debate hits Senate floor, binational couples await DOMA decision, the 'assimilation' debate, more

A key vote to move forward with the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill is expected late Monday, allowing what could be a lengthy debate to begin. This and more.

Immigrant rights protesters arrested along Obama's LA motorcade route

Eleven people were arrested after they blocked a Santa Monica intersection. The activists were trying to persuade the White House to halt deportations during immigration reform talks.

In immigration news: Senate takes up reform bill, multiracial families create Cheerios 'ads,' the fate of Tijiuana deportees, more

The Senate is beginning discussion of its comprehensive immigration reform bill, a debate that could prove to be a long one. This and more.

SoCal multiracial families create their own Cheerios 'ads'

In response to the negative reactions that poured in last week to a new Cheerios ad featuring a mixed-race family, members of a Southern California group have been posing for their own 'ads.'

In immigration news: House wants to defund DACA, Whole Foods in language policy flap, immigrant driver's licenses, more

The House has voted to defund a program that lets young people who arrived in the U.S. as minors seek temporary legal status, although this will likely face resistance in the Senate. This and more.

LA City Council backs CA bill that would let unauthorized immigrants drive legally

The LA City Council has adopted a resolution supporting a state bill that would let people without a Social Security number apply for a driver's license.

In immigration news: Senate bill could move right, border arrests ticking up, Giants star pitcher pushes reform, more

One proposed amendment to the Senate bill as it moves toward a full Senate vote would add more border security and "triggers" to legalization. This and more.

In immigration news: House leans toward piecemeal reform approach, youths in detention, Latino voters in 2012, more

As the Senate prepares to weigh a comprehensive immigration proposal, some House leaders are again suggesting they might take piecemeal approach with individual bills. This and more.

Report: Record 2012 Latino voter turnout is a mixed result

A smaller percentage of Latinos cast ballots in 2012 than in 2008. The reason: a greater number of eligible Latino voters.

California has its own list of immigration-related bills

The spotlight is on Washington, but lawmakers in Sacramento are weighing laws that relate to immigrants on issues such as the workplace and driver's licenses.

In immigration news: Full Senate to take on reform bill, the border security question, DACA applications remain slow, more

The Senate immigration reform bill made it through the committee amendment process fairly intact, but it faces its biggest test now in the full Senate. This and more.

Bill Lansford fought for recognition for fellow Latino vets

The writer and Marine veteran co-founded a foundation to honor Latinos who have been Medal of Honor recipients, and was featured in Ken Burns' documentary, 'The War.'

In immigration news: Voters not optimistic about reform, state driver license laws, treatment of Latino vs. white renters, more

One new study has a majority of voters saying they don't think Congress will be able to agree on immigration reform this year; another suggests Latino renters are scrutinized more than non-Latino whites. This and more.