Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, dealing another legal setback to the new administration's immigration policy.
An order by a federal judge in Seattle suspended the temporary travel ban and allowed the Yemenis to fly to Los Angeles. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule on the Trump administration's appeal of that order this week.
Twenty Yemeni immigrants whose travel to Los Angeles was halted by President Trump's ban will be flying to LAX, but uncertain if the restrictions will be reinstated.
While one Iranian immigrant sent back by officials under President Trump's travel ban has been returned to Los Angeles, a group of Yemenis still await their visas.
A group of travelers from Yemen is stranded in Africa under Trump's temporary travel ban covering seven Muslim-majority countries. A federal court order covers all with immigrant visas and green cards.
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.
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.
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.
President Donald Trump's executive order is aimed at screening out "radical Islamic terrorists" and temporarily limiting refugees, including those bound for California.
More local cities have adopted so-called sanctuary policies that are immigrant-friendly. But the new administration could pull federal funding from such cities.
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.
The multilingual office would coordinate and streamline access to services for immigrants, county officials say.
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.
As the city council moves towards legalization, there are no immediate plans to do so in unincorporated parts of the L.A. 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.