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

States could lose funding for jailing deportable inmates

A federal program that helps state and local jurisdictions is again on the chopping block under the White House's proposed 2014 budget.

In immigration news: Details from Senate plan, farm worker wage deal, tech execs for reform, 'more

Details of a Senate reform plan trickle out ahead of a bill, House Democrats now have their own plan, and more.

New version of 2012 immigration bill in 2013 CA Legislature

The latest version of a bill on immigration is very similar to one Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed in 2012. But there are some differences, not just in the bill but in circumstances surrounding it.

In immigration news: Rallies for reform, waiting for a bill, why an overhaul is more complicated than it sounds, more

A new agreement has been reached over agricultural workers and a Senate bill is expected soon, but there's still uncertainty as to how far it will go.

In immigration news: Rubio and reform, the wait for a Senate bill continues, immigration marches planned, more

A look at Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration reform back-and-forth, the immigration rallies coming Wednesday, how comprehensive reform opponents plan to fight back and more.

'Temporary protected' status immigrants hope to be included in reform

As Congress weighs immigration reform, those under temporary protected status hope it will allow them to become citizens. Some have been in limbo since the 1990s.

In immigration news: Senate bill may (or may not) land this week, debate over low-skilled workers, the legacy of amnesty, more

Will a comprehensive reform bill land this week, and if not, might disagreement over a low-skilled worker program hold it up? This and more.

In immigration news: New rules for raids, House nears reform deal, the aftermath of AP's dropping 'illegal immigrant,' more

A settlement sets new policies for when immigration agents enter homes, a House immigration reform plan gets closer to completion, and The Associated Press' decision to stop sanctioning 'illegal immigrant' causes even more media discord over what term to use.

With latest TPS extension, Central Americans hope for long-term solution

Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants with temporary protected status can continue living in the U.S. legally, but they hope immigration reform will offer a permanent fix.

In immigration news: The border security reform snag, AP drops use of 'illegal immigrant,' evangelists launch pro-reform ads, more

Border security quandary could kill immigration bill - USA Today From the story: "Lawmakers in the nation's capital are largely in agreement that the border must be secured, but the next battle will be how to secure it — and over what time period.

AP Stylebook will no longer sanction use of 'illegal immigrant'

The Associated Press announces it's dropping the term "illegal immigrant" from its stylebook, which is followed by most mainstream media organizations.

In immigration news: Reform plans make tentative progress, Rubio's hesitation, why some Latinos say 'mojado,' more

Immigration overhaul inches forward, but big hurdles remain - NPR The Senate "Gang of Eight" working group is expected to announce proposed legislation next week, but " as anyone who closely watched comprehensive immigration overhaul efforts in 2006 and 2007 can tell you, the Senate part of this is the relatively easy piece.

In immigration news: The not-so-fast reform deal

Congress is officially in recess, but special working groups in the House and Senate are making progress on legislative packages.

A clash over family-sponsored immigrant visas

Lawmakers have proposed eliminating visas for siblings and adult married children of U.S. citizens as part of immigration reform.

Report: 70 percent of Americans back legal status for undocumented

A new Pew Research survey suggests a majority of Americans support legal status for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, although they are more divided over a path to citizenship.