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

Lawyer groups criticize DOJ fixes for immigration courts

Immigration attorneys say the Trump administration is ignoring a 2017 federal report that calls for improvements to the immigration court system.

What you need to know about refugees entries

Since taking office, President Trump has dramatically cut refugee admissions. In one of the latest developments, Iranian refugees who were stranded in Austria en route to the U.S. are suing.

LA street vending moves ahead. Here's what you need to know

The move to legalize vendors, more than four years in the making, got City Council approval. It does not include a controversial provision that would have given nearby brick-and-mortar business owners the power to veto vendor licenses.

This LA way station for WWII detainees gets a historical marker 76 years after closing

More than 2,000 immigrants, mostly Japanese but also Italian and German, were held there before many were sent to internment camps during WWII. Advocates for the designation want the historic monument to eventually extend into an oak grove, where the buildings actually stood.

Immigration judge orders release of street vendor who became rallying point

A street vendor arrested in San Bernardino County for selling corn without a license now faces deportation. She was held for six months before an immigration judge ordered her release on $1,500 bail.

These 2 state bills aim to crack down on shady rehab practices

Southern California is a hub for substance abuse treatment facilities. It’s a lucrative industry – and this has led to unsavory practices, patient advocates say.

Can LA sit down at the dinner table and get honest about race?

The dinner is free. But the guests need to come ready to get real about a topic that makes most people very uncomfortable: race and racism. It's a conversation that will take place 100 times over five days later this month all over Los Angeles.

The heat of the 90s is alive in Southern California

It's a spring fling with summerlike temperatures in Southern California on Monday.

What you need to know about where DACA stands now

On Easter, Trump tweeted "NO MORE DACA DEAL." So what's the status of people currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

Refugee admissions to US have plummeted. Here's what that looks like in SoCal

More than 1,200 refugees from Iran were resettled in Glendale in the last full fiscal year of the Obama administration. In the past six months, the number is 10.

Los Alamitos moves ahead on 'anti-sanctuary' ordinance

Other cities could follow Los Alamitos' lead as it seeks to opt out of the state law that restricts police cooperation with immigration agents. But the issue could wind up in the courts.

Long Beach is latest local city to adopt sanctuary ordinance

The decision comes as the Trump administration slams state and local polices in California that limit police cooperation with immigration agents.

Who hosted Trump's Beverly Hills fundraiser?

Businessman Edward Glazer is hosting President Trump’s tightly-guarded Beverly Hills fundraiser Tuesday in the gated Beverly Park community off Mulholland Drive.

Immigration issues drive pro- and anti-Trump debate

The president's visit to Southern California gives those on both sides of the immigration debate a chance to rally for a slew of issues, including DACA and refugees.

The 3 California laws that sparked a lawsuit

The suit says California is deliberately trying to obstruct immigration enforcement with these recently passed laws. Here's what they do.