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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
Under the proposal, the county would contribute up to $3 million to a fund that would combine money from the city of Los Angeles and philanthropic groups to create a $10 million resource for immigrants' legal defense. Immigrants convicted of violent felonies would be excluded from help.
The conversation between seven governors of Mexican states and LA City Council members was dominated by immigration and trade in the Trump era.
Federal authorities have raided a Los Angeles-area business they say cheated a U.S. government visa program to obtain green cards for wealthy Chinese investors.
Strict immigration enforcement occurred under previous administrations as well. Yet the fear that's been stirred under President Trump is extreme. What's different?
The Trump administration’s stepped up immigration enforcement is ripe for fraud by notarios, those who charge to help immigrants avoid deportation, officials say.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a list of local jails that it says rejected requests to hold unauthorized immigrants for deportation.
Plans are still being finalized, but Los Angeles could see additional immigration court judges as the Trump administration pushes for more deportations.
As the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement, many unauthorized immigrants are laying low. Meantime, churches create sanctuaries — just in case.
Trump is proposing cuts to many areas of government, including environmental oversight, transportation and medical research, while boosting spending for the military and to build a border wall.
Judge Theodore Chuang ruled Thursday in a case brought near the nation's capital by the ACLU and other groups representing immigrants, refugees and their families.
Nearly 300 law professors have signed a letter that asserts President Trump's threat to pull federal funding from so-called 'sanctuary cities' is unconstitutional. Not everyone agrees.
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.