Leslie Berestein Rojas

Editor, Diverse Communities

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Leslie Berestein Rojas edits a team of reporters focused on diverse communities in Southern California, which is home to many new immigrants.

She previously covered immigrant and emerging communities and ran KPCC's Multi-American blog, which covered that topic.

Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

Donors, state put up funds so DACA recipients can pay renewal fees

Private donors and the state have set aside funds to help young unauthorized immigrants cover the $495 fee before an Oct. 5 deadline.

Trump-backed bill would switch up US visa system

A measure backed by the Trump administration seeks to change the family-based immigration visa system to one favoring those with job skills and college degrees.

California immigration bills headed to governor's desk

Most of the immigration-related measures aim to challenge the Trump administration's stricter immigration enforcement policies.

Trump: GOP leadership 'on board' with deal over DACA

Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi said they had a "productive meeting" with the president Wednesday night. But Trump pushed back Thursday morning on Twitter.

Thousands of DACA recipients may miss renewal deadline

When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was rescinded, an Oct. 5 deadline was set for many recipients to renew their status to work and live here legally.

California attorney general defends DACA lawsuit

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra says a suit against the Trump administration after its DACA program decision isn't wasted effort or grandstanding.

California files suit to block Trump from terminating DACA

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra files suit Monday to block President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

FAQ: What to expect as DACA is phased out

President Trump’s decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program raises many questions about what's next. Here's what we know so far.

Dreamers react to Trump's plan to end DACA in 6 months

The Trump administration announced Tuesday the end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. Ahead of the announcement, Dreamers shared their thoughts.

Immigrant father returns home after being released on bond

Romulo Avelica Gonzales, the immigrant dad from Lincoln Heights, was released Wednesday evening after being held for six months at the Adelanto immigrant detention facility. A judge released him on $6,000 bond.

LA immigrant dad fighting deportation released on bond

Romulo Avelica Gonzales has been held for months in the Adelanto immigrant detention center as he has fought to stay in the country.

If DACA is rescinded, what can local government do? Not much

Los Angeles has created a legal defense fund and LAPD limits cooperation with immigration agents, but Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledges the city can only do so much.

Anxiety grows as uncertainty clouds future of DACA

The future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is up in the air now that President Trump is under increasing pressure to end the Obama-era program.

Could an underfunded 2020 census survey hurt California?

With fewer than three years before the once-a-decade U.S. population survey, civil rights advocates are afraid tight funding might lead to an inaccurate count.

Pasadena principal threatened to call ICE, suit says

A parent and a guardian of Pasadena school students sued school district officials, alleging an ex-school principal threatened to report them to immigration.