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

Pasadena principal threatened to call ICE, suit says

A parent and a guardian of Pasadena school students sued school district officials, alleging an ex-school principal threatened to report them to immigration.

Applications for CA immigrant driver's licenses declining

As of this July, about 915,000 unauthorized immigrants had obtained California driver's licenses after they became available to them in January 2015. Application numbers have gradually been dropping off.

Charlottesville: Could it happen in Southern California?

California has had its share of violent clashes involving extremists. Can unrest on the scale of Charlottesville break out here?

Refugee kids in Orange County find a safe haven in soccer

A resettlement agency's weekly soccer camp draws refugee children, most from the war-torn Middle East. For some, playing without fear of violence is a revelation.

Immigrant dad facing deportation is step closer to removal

An attorney for Romulo Avelica Gonzalez, arrested in February after dropping off one of his daughters at school, says an appeals court declined to hear his case.

SoCal agencies weigh impact as feds tie grants to immigration

The U.S. Department of Justice announced new conditions for law enforcement grants that tie funding to immigration enforcement.

LA pastor detained after meeting with immigration officials

Pastor Noe Carias Mayorga, once a low priority for deportation under the Obama administration, finds he's no longer that under President Trump's immigration enforcement.

As Haitians' US stay restricted, others fear they're next

Haitians living temporarily in the U.S. following an earthquake in 2010 could lose their protection next year, making Central Americans and others nervous.

Tempered optimism over a new 'Dream Act' bill in the Trump era

A new version of legislation long known as the Dream Act has returned to the Senate. But the bipartisan bill likely faces an uphill climb.

Supreme Court order again narrows the door for US-bound refugees

The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed part of a lower court's ruling last week that opened the door for more refugees to arrive in the United States.

Reopened deportation cases up more than 60 percent in LA

Reopened deportation cases are up more than 60 percent in Los Angeles as immigrants who were once assured they could stay in the country find that may longer be so.

Trump travel ban hits refugee admissions

After Wednesday, refugees will need to prove a bona fide relationship with a close family member or a U.S. entity to enter the country.

Refugees seeking US entry under travel ban likely out of luck

According to the U.S. State Department, a relationship with a resettlement agency is not enough to clear the way for a refugee to enter the U.S. under the latest travel ban.

No disruptions at LAX as latest travel ban rolls out

The first day of the reinstated travel ban limiting travel from six Muslim-majority countries passed without large protests or reported traveler delays.

Who is affected by the revised travel ban

Under a court order, those from six countries with valid visas and ties with a person or entity here should be clear to enter the U.S. The key word is "should."