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

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.

New asylum rules make it harder for those fleeing violence

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions set a higher bar for victims of what’s referred to as “private violence” – such as domestic or gang violence.

Judge temporarily halts migrant family deportations amid reunification efforts

A federal judge in San Diego has told the government to hold off for now on deporting reunited migrant families. Judge Dana Sabraw said Monday he’d block deportations temporarily amid concerns from the ACLU, which filed suit to reunite families separated at the border, that parents and their children might be deported without fully knowing their rights.

Judge gives more time for government to reunite some migrant families

But other children under five who were separated from their parents at the border could be reunited with them by Tuesday, the deadline set by a federal court.

Trump administration loses in California sanctuary law case

A federal judge in Sacramento rejected the Trump administration's argument that S.B. 54, the state sanctuary law, impedes immigration agents from doing their jobs.

Information sharing raises red flag for immigrant advocates

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement will provide immigration officials with information on sponsors who could take in children separated from their parents at the border.

Court orders government to reunite families by deadlines

A federal judge in San Diego on Tuesday directed the Trump administration to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the border within 30 days.

Detained mothers file lawsuit seeking reunion with children

One of the mothers filing the suit is being held at an immigration facility in Irvine. She and her 16-year-old daughter were separated after crossing the border.

One migrant mother describes separation, reunion and trauma

Before the Trump administration reversed its policy of separating families caught crossing the southern border, thousands of parents and kids were divided.

Memorial Day event honors fallen soldiers of US and other nations

The National Cemetery in LA hosts an annual commemoration of fallen soldiers. This year representatives of 30 other countries attended to mark their dead too.

What you need to know about the DACA program now

If DACA court rulings and changing rules have you scratching your head, you're not alone. Here's where the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program stands now.

Orange County, other SoCal officials stand with White House at anti-sanctuary meeting

The White House billed the meeting as one to "discuss shared efforts to end the nullification of federal law and restore community safety.”

If families are separated at the border, where do kids go?

The Trump administration announced last week that adults caught crossing the border illegally will be prosecuted, and families will be separated.

What 'zero tolerance' on border crossings means for SoCal

The crackdown on illegal entries by families will have an impact in places like Los Angeles, home to a large community of Central Americans where many aim to settle.