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

In LA County, white supremacist hate incidents rise

The overall number of hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County in 2016 remained level. But there’s been a shift in who's targeted and who targets, a new county report says. Have a story about hate or bias? Share it as part of a national news project, "Documenting Hate."

What the latest court ruling on Trump's travel ban means

A federal appeals court panel ruled the government may deny admission to people from six majority-Muslim countries, but only if they lack ties to U.S. relatives.

Citizenship application backlog builds, wait times longer

More than 708,000 U.S. citizenship applications are pending, with longer waits for applicants who are seeking to become citizens.

Plan to legalize LA street vending moves forward

The L.A. City Council will be reviewing recommendations to legalize street vending, with possible prohibitions in busy areas like the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

More immigrants worry they may lose permission to live in US

On Monday, the temporary status that allowed Nicaraguans to live in the U.S. was ended. But the status of tens of thousands of other immigrants are also at risk.

Young, unauthorized immigrants grapple with what's next

Protection for nearly 800,000 young immigrants under the DACA program is set to expire beginning next March. Congressional action seems increasingly unlikely.

Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguan immigrants to end in 2019

The Trump Administration has announced it will end Temporary Protected Status for more than 5,000 Nicaraguan immigrants in the U.S., while delaying a decision on Hondurans.

Detained Cambodian immigrants sue US immigration officials

Civil rights advocates filed a lawsuit against immigration officials for arrested Cambodian immigrants, alleging officials are unlawfully detaining them.

Central Americans worry Trump may not allow them to stay

The Trump administration is expected to soon announce the fate of more than 86,000 Hondurans living in the U.S. temporarily. Their status is set to expire next year.

ICE targets Cambodians with deportation orders

Federal officials have arrested as many as 100 Cambodians nationwide as part of a push to send them back to their homeland.

Refugee admissions resume — with even more vetting

The Trump administration is imposing new limits on refugees entering the U.S. — although resettlement agencies say vetting is already strict.

While travel ban on hold, heavy vetting cuts issued visas

Federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland this week blocked President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban, but they did not suspend restrictions like tighter vetting.

Trump's 3rd travel ban blocked: A closer look at the Hawaii court order

Two federal judges temporarily restrained President Trump’s third attempt at restricting travel from mostly Muslim-majority nations. Here's a look at one of those court orders.

LA considers lifting criminal penalties for park vendors

As a plan to legalize street vending makes its way through City Hall, officials have proposed stop-gap regulations. This one would reduce the penalty to a civil citation.

How will Trump's immigration policy wish list impact SoCal?

The Trump administration wants a list of immigration enforcement measures tied to any legislation that would benefit young immigrants now protected under DACA.