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: 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.

Former Chivas USA employees file racial discrimination lawsuit

A lawsuit alleges that two former Chivas USA youth academy coaches were discriminated against when the soccer organization fired them in March.

How parents' immigration status affects kids' education

The children of parents who are in the U.S. illegally average fewer years of schooling than those who parents are here legally, even if the offspring are citizens.

In immigration news: Immigrants and Medicare, Rubio's back-and-forth on reform, border security, CA driver license bill, more

As debate over health care has dominated House immigration reform talks, a new study finds that immigrants using Medicare have put more money into the program than they use. This and more.

In immigration news: State of reform, Europe's immigration challenges, health care in House talks, more

Immigration reform is a hot-button issue in the U.S., but this isn't the only place in which emotional debates over immigration are taking place. This and more.

In immigration news: Reform plans face challenge in House, Senate amendment benefits Filipino veterans, visa overstays, more

The amended Senate immigration bill continues to the floor for consideration next month, but what will happen in the House is still up in the air. This and more.

Immigration proposal helps relatives of Filipino war vets

A little noticed amendment to the U.S. Senate’s proposed immigration bill last week exempts many adult children of Filipino World War II veterans from visa limits.

In immigration news: What happens next in reform debate, snags in the House, immigrant unemployment, more

It's been a busy week in immigration reform, with a Senate committee approving a comprehensive bill while divisive debate takes place in the House. This and more.

What's next for immigration reform in Congress?

What to expect as the Senate bill heads to the floor, and the House keeps debating whether to introduce a separate bill or take up the Senate's version.

In immigration news: Reform sticking points in the House, LGBTs and others upset over exclusion from Senate bill, social media 'march,' more

After a Senate committee approved a comprehensive immigration bill, the House remains behind on introducing its own. This and more.

Immigration reform bill moves on without controversial changes

One amendment would have extended immigration rights to same-sex couples; another would have preserved two categories of immigrant visas.

In immigration news: Senate reform bill moves forward, LGBT amendment left out, next LA mayor's mixed heritage, more

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a massive comprehensive immigration reform bill Tuesday, but some groups' reform hopes weren't realized. This and more.

Senate committee approves immigration reform bill (Updated)

After debating amendments on provisions ranging from border security to high-skilled worker visas, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a comprehensive immigration bill by a 13-5 vote.