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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
Since President Trump lifted Obama-era policies that kept immigration agents focused on criminals, local arrests of immigrants with no criminal history have spiked.
The U.S. Senate is debating immigration changes, including the idea of preventing U.S. citizens from sponsoring their parents for legal immigration.
President Trump's suggestion that immigrants can sponsor unlimited numbers of family members brought a sharp response from Judy Chu, a Los Angeles congresswoman.
A state bill aims to decriminalize street vending, as Los Angeles did last year. But the legislation also pushes local governments to license vendors.
Immigrant service agencies in Southern California are hurrying to screen those who will lose their temporary permission to live and work legally in the U.S.
The Trump administration is allowing about 7,000 Syrian immigrants temporarily renew their ability to live in the U.S. legally, but it is unclear what happens next.
President Trump acknowledged the disasters that have affected American states and territories since his inauguration before pivoting to tout economic and unemployment numbers. Watch the speech and read the transcript, with context and analysis from NPR journalists.
President Trump proposed allowing DACA recipients reach citizenship while dramatically reducing family-based legal immigration. The proposal may not get far.
The state DMV begins issuing Real ID driver's licenses and ID cards today. These will be required to board a domestic flight starting in 2020.
Seeing a window open, young unauthorized immigrants whose protections are about to expire are lining up for legal help to fill out renewal applications.
Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday approved four new proposals supporting immigrants, aiming to counter Trump immigration policies.
About 50 advocates rallied outside a 7-Eleven store in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood Tuesday to protest recent immigration enforcement sweeps at the convenience stores nationwide.
Officials have yet to issue new guidance on DACA following a court order allowing renewals for the program. But legal providers say those eligible should get ready.
President Trump told a bipartisan group of lawmakers that he wants a bill to allow young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally to remain, saying such a measure should be "a bipartisan bill of love," and that "we can do it."
The Trump administration is expected to soon announce whether it will revoke temporary permission for more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants to live in the U.S.