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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
The Department of Homeland Security is proposing tightening the controversial EB-5 program that allows wealthy immigrants to gain legal residency by making investments that create jobs.
President Trump proposed a merit-based immigration system in his speech Tuesday to Congress. How might it impact immigration and the economy in Southern California?
Legal advocates are preparing to set up shop at LAX in anticipation of a new, revised executive order affecting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Jesus Alonso Arreola Robles was arrested Feb. 12 in San Diego County. His family and lawyer say no criminal charges have been filed against him.
A young immigrant from Los Angeles who has been living and working here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been arrested and detained, according to his attorney.
State Sen. Kamala Harris, business leaders and immigration experts cite economic contributions of foreign-born workers in California.
A Salvadoran immigrant used a smuggler to bring her child to the U.S., but now could face deportation and criminal prosecution under new Trump immigration order.
The future of an Obama administration program that temporarily protects certain young immigrants from deportation and grants them work permits remains uncertain.
The arrest of a man living in Washington state under the DACA program is rattling other young immigrants like him in California.
A group of Armenian Christian refugees are awaiting their fate in Iran after they got caught in the backwash of President Donald Trump's travel ban.
Immigration officials have conducted an “enforcement surge,” arresting 161 undocumented people over five days. They say the arrests are part of the periodic enforcement actions that they have conducted in recent years.
Los Angeles area attorneys report they've gotten a higher than usual number of calls from relatives of undocumented immigrants arrested by ICE officials.
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.