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

A year after it was rescinded, DACA is still afloat - for now

It's been exactly one year since the Trump administration announced it was rescinding the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which lets hundreds of thousands of young unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children live and work in the U.

Why it took more than 3 months for this migrant teen to be reunited with her family

Earlier this summer, a federal judge ordered the government to reunite children ages 5 to 17 with their parents by July 26. The deadlines have not been fully met.

Hundreds of migrant kids remain separated from parents

More than a month after a deadline to reunite families separated at the border, more than 500 children remain in federal care. Here's one teen's story.

LA is suing Trump administration over public safety funds

City attorney says new federal requirements for anti-gang grants would run counter to Los Angeles' policies limiting police cooperation in immigration enforcement.

More deportations likely for Cambodians in near future

Although a federal judge gave a group of Cambodian immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation, some still will be removed.

Reunited migrant family starts tenuous new life in LA

For separated migrant families, reuniting is one more step in their odyssey. Next comes the challenging of settling in — and fighting deportation.

New lawsuits challenge implementation of Trump travel ban

Opponents of the Trump travel ban blocking most travelers from five Muslim-majority countries are challenging how officials are deciding on requests for ban waivers.

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.