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

Harvard suit has split local Asians over affirmative action

Trial begins Monday in an anti-affirmative action lawsuit that alleges Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions process discriminates against Asian students.

As refugee admissions drop, two lifelong friends wait

The Trump administration has cut the number of refugees allowed into the country and that hits close to home for one Anaheim man.

Judge sides with Huntington Beach in anti-sanctuary lawsuit

A Orange County judge has sided with the city of Huntington Beach in its argument that it should not have to abide by California’s so-called sanctuary law.

Could new rule prompt LA immigrant families to drop public aid?

Local officials say they're worried immigrant families could drop out of public medical, food or housing programs even if the rule does not affect them.

Will more LA immigration judges ease growing case backlog?

Los Angeles has the nation's second-largest backlog of immigration court cases, second only to New York. New immigration judges are being hired, but are they enough?

Long Beach Cambodians seek a stronger political voice

Long Beach is home to the largest group of Cambodians in the country, but they lack a political voice. Now some are pushing to redraw City Council boundaries.

A year after it was rescinded, DACA is still afloat - for now

It's been exactly one year since the Trump administration announced it was rescinding the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which lets hundreds of thousands of young unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children live and work in the U.

Why it took more than 3 months for this migrant teen to be reunited with her family

Earlier this summer, a federal judge ordered the government to reunite children ages 5 to 17 with their parents by July 26. The deadlines have not been fully met.

Hundreds of migrant kids remain separated from parents

More than a month after a deadline to reunite families separated at the border, more than 500 children remain in federal care. Here's one teen's story.

LA is suing Trump administration over public safety funds

City attorney says new federal requirements for anti-gang grants would run counter to Los Angeles' policies limiting police cooperation in immigration enforcement.

More deportations likely for Cambodians in near future

Although a federal judge gave a group of Cambodian immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation, some still will be removed.

Reunited migrant family starts tenuous new life in LA

For separated migrant families, reuniting is one more step in their odyssey. Next comes the challenging of settling in — and fighting deportation.

New lawsuits challenge implementation of Trump travel ban

Opponents of the Trump travel ban blocking most travelers from five Muslim-majority countries are challenging how officials are deciding on requests for ban waivers.

Court to feds: submit plans for still-separated families

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ordered the government to submit plans on how it will reunite families still separated after detained at the border.

Feds say they've reunited about 1,000 migrant families

Federal attorneys told a San Diego judge Tuesday that officials have by now reunited 1,012 migrant families separated at the southern border in recent months.