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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
Last week KPCC reported on an earlier advisory that said employers need only "consider" taking steps to protect farmworkers exposed to smoke from the Thomas fire.
A federal judge in L.A. temporarily blocks the deportation of Cambodian immigrants recently detained by immigration. They are under deportation orders for past crimes.
As the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. drops during President Trump's administration, some service agencies have suspended their resettlement programs.
Some growers took steps to protect farm workers during the Thomas Fire, but others were slower to do so. One congresswoman calls for tougher regulations during wildfires.
Advocates for the field hands say the employees worked in smoky conditions without protective masks, which are not explicitly required under state labor safety rules.
President Trump’s revised travel ban goes forward for now, as legal challenges continue.
Some say they fear it could be a "death sentence" for young LGBT immigrants if they are sent back to countries where discrimination is widespread.
A newly released statewide voter survey shows Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa rank as the top two candidates for governor ahead of the June primary.
Legal service providers will receive money from a controversial immigrant defense fund set up with contributions from local government and foundations.
The fate of almost 800,000 young immigrants under the DACA program remains unresolved. Now, the debate could tie up a spending bill needed to run the government.
The overall number of hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County in 2016 remained level. But there’s been a shift in who's targeted and who targets, a new county report says. Have a story about hate or bias? Share it as part of a national news project, "Documenting Hate."
A federal appeals court panel ruled the government may deny admission to people from six majority-Muslim countries, but only if they lack ties to U.S. relatives.
More than 708,000 U.S. citizenship applications are pending, with longer waits for applicants who are seeking to become citizens.
The L.A. City Council will be reviewing recommendations to legalize street vending, with possible prohibitions in busy areas like the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On Monday, the temporary status that allowed Nicaraguans to live in the U.S. was ended. But the status of tens of thousands of other immigrants are also at risk.