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

California toughens stance, says employers must protect workers from wildfire smoke

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.

Court gives detained Cambodians temporary reprieve from deportation

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.

SoCal service agencies cut back as refugee numbers dwindle

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.

Farm worker in wildfire conditions: 'It was full of smoke'

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.

Unprotected farm workers toiled in fields during Thomas Fire

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.

What the Supreme Court travel ban decision means for SoCal

President Trump’s revised travel ban goes forward for now, as legal challenges continue.

As DACA fight heats up, young LGBT immigrants voice deportation fears

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.

Newsom holds slight lead in governor's race poll

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.

LA nonprofits getting public-private funds to defend immigrants

Legal service providers will receive money from a controversial immigrant defense fund set up with contributions from local government and foundations.

A looming showdown over DACA in Congress?

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.

In LA County, white supremacist hate incidents rise

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."

What the latest court ruling on Trump's travel ban means

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.

Citizenship application backlog builds, wait times longer

More than 708,000 U.S. citizenship applications are pending, with longer waits for applicants who are seeking to become citizens.

Plan to legalize LA street vending moves forward

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.

More immigrants worry they may lose permission to live in US

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.