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

OC refugee with cancer tells of 5-hour ordeal at LAX

An Iraqi refugee on her way back to Los Angeles, where her husband and children awaited, was stopped by federal agents. Then her five-hour ordeal began.

LAX border agents asked detainees to sign away US residency, attorneys say

Attorneys for people held under President Trump's immigration ban at LAX say border agents tried to get the detainees to abandon their legal residency status.

Judge halts Trump immigration order after detentions at airports like LAX

The federal court decision follows a petition filed by ACLU on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations detained at airports across the country, including LAX.

Trump calls for new limits, tougher vetting procedures for immigrants

President Donald Trump's executive order is aimed at screening out "radical Islamic terrorists" and temporarily limiting refugees, including those bound for California.

Sanctuary cities take calculated risks as Trump moves in

More local cities have adopted so-called sanctuary policies that are immigrant-friendly. But the new administration could pull federal funding from such cities.

CA Congressman Darrell Issa introduces bill to reform the H1B visa

With the topic of U.S. jobs filled by foreign workers fanning the heat of the presidential campaign, there's a new House bill that would restrict a controversial visa program for highly skilled overseas employees.

LA County votes to set up its own immigrant affairs office

The multilingual office would coordinate and streamline access to services for immigrants, county officials say.

Will Trump take on the controversial EB-5 visa program?

EB-5 gives foreigners who invest in U.S. businesses a visa and a chance at permanent legal status. It has benefited some Trump-branded projects.

Street vendors push for legalization as county cracks down

As the city council moves towards legalization, there are no immediate plans to do so in unincorporated parts of the L.A. County.

$3M for immigrants' legal defense approved by LA County

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors fund efforts to help immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office.

Crisis in Aleppo hitting close to home for some in SoCal

As war refugees flee the Syrian city of Aleppo, Syrians living in California look for ways to help those seeking safety from the violence.

LA County to consider funding legal help for undocumented immigrants

Los Angeles County supervisors are set to vote next Tuesday on a motion to earmark an initial $1 million to help unauthorized immigrants fight deportation in court.

SoCal students seek to testify in affirmative action case

Two students and Advancing Justice LA support Harvard University in an affirmative action lawsuit that highlights a divide in the Asian community.

Street vendor plan pushes ahead

A plan to regulate street vendors and limit their number on each block goes to the City Council for approval in concept. A final vote isn't expected until spring.

Foreign workers worry about restricted visas under Trump

The H-1B visa program allows tens of thousands of foreigners to work in the U.S. annually, most from Asia. President-elect Donald Trump says it hurts U.S. workers.