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

The status of immigration on Capitol Hill

With a Senate committee still wrangling over amendments and a tentative House deal announced, it's a good time to assess the immigration debate.

In immigration news: House group strikes reform deal 'in principle,' revived Trust Act moves forward in CA, no driver's licenses in AZ, more

After much stalling, a bipartisan House group says it's reached a tentative deal on comprehensive immigration reform, with a bill expected in June. This and more.

Sainthood for slain Archbishop Oscar Romero?

Local Salvadoran-Americans and clergy gathered to discuss their hopes for Romero's canonization, now that Pope Francis has cleared the way.

Revived 'Trust Act' immigration bill again clears Assembly

The bill aims to limit participation in a federal program that requires local law enforcement to share the fingerprints of detainees with immigration officials.

In immigration news: High-skilled worker visa debate, immigrants to drive future population growth, migrant deaths, more

The Senate Judiciary Committee continues debating non-immigrant visas, including reforms to the H-1B skilled worker visa program sought by the tech industry. This and more.

Census: Immigration to drive US population growth by mid-century

It's projected that even if net migration remains constant, non-Latino whites would lose their majority status by 2046, and as early as 2041 if migration increases.

A call to suspend deportations while Congress debates reform

Immigrant advocates and Latino and labor groups want the White House to suspend deportations of people who might qualify for legalization under the Senate bill.

In immigration news: A Boston bombing-inspired Senate bill amendment, House GOP members say no, diversity visas, more

An amendment to the Senate immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee would tighten student visa rules and monitoring in the wake of last month's Boston Marathon bombings. This and more.

The uncertain fate of the lottery for diversity visas

The program was created in 1990 to diversify the nation's mix of immigrants, but it's been subject to scams. The Senate reform bill calls for its elimination.

In immigration news: What to expect from today's Senate debate, unauthorized Asian immigrants, a 'racist' city video, more

The Senate Judiciary committee is weighing non-immigrant visas in its immigration reform bill amendment session Tuesday, with work visas and student visas as part of the debate. This and more.

What to expect as Senate immigration debate continues

Border security was the focus when the Senate Judiciary Committee began considering immigration reform last week; the debate will now move on to employment visas.

In immigration news: Health care and reform, debate over legacy of IRCA, how parents' immigration status affects kids, more

As Senate immigration reform bill markups head into second week, debate continues over fallout from 'amnesty,' unauthorized immigrants' access to health care and other issues. This and more.

How a parent's immigration status impacts their US-born children

More than 1.5 million California children have at least one parent who is in the U.S. illegally. The vast majority of these kids are U.S. citizens. Even so, their parents' status can hold them back economically.

In immigration news: Senate deliberates as House hesitates, Heritage report co-author quits, how the 11 million are counted, more

As Senate lawmakers debate hundreds of amendments to a sweeping reform bill, a long-anticipated comprehensive House bill has yet to take shape. The Senate amendment debate is set to continue next week. This and more.

In immigration news: Senate bill amendment highlights, how '86 amnesty changed life for one family, more

Some of the key issues that have emerged as Senate lawmakers file amendments to an 844-page immigration reform bill are immigration rights for same-sex couples, border security, and possible limits on who may qualify for legal status. This and more.