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

LA County supervisors weigh immigrant legal aid

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.

Mexican governors address LA city officials

The conversation between seven governors of Mexican states and LA City Council members was dominated by immigration and trade in the Trump era.

Federal agents raid LA-area business in green card probe

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.

Immigration enforcement under Trump: Is the fear justified?

Strict immigration enforcement occurred under previous administrations as well. Yet the fear that's been stirred under President Trump is extreme. What's different?

Los Angeles officials warn of immigration consultant scams

The Trump administration’s stepped up immigration enforcement is ripe for fraud by notarios, those who charge to help immigrants avoid deportation, officials say.

ICE lists LA authorities among those releasing immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a list of local jails that it says rejected requests to hold unauthorized immigrants for deportation.

Los Angeles could get more immigration judges

Plans are still being finalized, but Los Angeles could see additional immigration court judges as the Trump administration pushes for more deportations.

With immigration crackdown, some go into hiding

As the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement, many unauthorized immigrants are laying low. Meantime, churches create sanctuaries — just in case.

How Trump's new budget might affect California

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.

Federal judges in Maryland, Hawaii block Trump travel ban

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.

Legal scholars to Trump: White House can't legally defund 'sanctuary cities'

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 future of immigrant investor program EB-5

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.

5 questions: How a merit-based immigration system would work

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?

Lawyers get ready for Trump's revised travel ban

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.

Border Patrol: DACA recipient detained in alien smuggling case

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.