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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
While the Trump administration wants to speed up deportations, the government shutdown had the opposite effect, forcing the cancellation of thousands of hearings.
Immigration courts reopened Monday after a five-week government shutdown, during which thousands of hearings were postponed.
In the migrant camps are many children trying to make sense of what’s happening.
Advocates for the Vietnamese American community say they fear the Trump administration may be negotiating with Vietnam to take back thousands of refugees who came to the U.S. decades ago.
Community advocates say the Trump administration may be negotiating with Vietnam to take back thousands of refugees who came to the U.S. decades ago.
The backlog of pending cases in immigration court nationally and in Los Angeles has spiked by nearly 50 percent since the start of fiscal year 2017.
Certain no-vending zones have been designated, and vendors who've long done business in these areas say they're disappointed.
After years of debate, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to legalize street vending, allowing vendors to get permits to operate.
In the Los Angeles area, groups serving Central American immigrants are working with legal advocates to plan how to help any asylum seekers.
A new UCLA study suggests that turnout among Southern California's Latino voters jumped in the Nov. 6 midterm election over 2014.
The nation’s immigration courts are already dealing with a backlog of more than 760,000 pending cases. But things got even messier this week in L.A. and elsewhere.
Trial begins Monday in an anti-affirmative action lawsuit that alleges Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions process discriminates against Asian students.
The Trump administration has cut the number of refugees allowed into the country and that hits close to home for one Anaheim man.
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.
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.