Leslie Berestein Rojas

Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

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Southern California is home to many new immigrants -- about a third of L.A. County residents are foreign born. Immigrants are creating an evolving definition of "American." I will deepen the understanding of how immigrants are changing the region and how L.A. changes immigrants.

Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

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.

US ends immigration protections for nearly 60,000 Hondurans

The Trump administration is ending special immigration status for nearly 60,000 Hondurans who have lived in the United States since a devastating hurricane two decades ago.