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

Long Beach is latest local city to adopt sanctuary ordinance

The decision comes as the Trump administration slams state and local polices in California that limit police cooperation with immigration agents.

Who hosted Trump's Beverly Hills fundraiser?

Businessman Edward Glazer is hosting President Trump’s tightly-guarded Beverly Hills fundraiser Tuesday in the gated Beverly Park community off Mulholland Drive.

Immigration issues drive pro- and anti-Trump debate

The president's visit to Southern California gives those on both sides of the immigration debate a chance to rally for a slew of issues, including DACA and refugees.

The 3 California laws that sparked a lawsuit

The suit says California is deliberately trying to obstruct immigration enforcement with these recently passed laws. Here's what they do.

Vietnamese immigrants facing deportation sue for release

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Vietnamese immigrants who came to the country to escape their war-torn country and are now being detained by the government.

What the Supreme Court ruling means for DACA recipients

How does the U.S. Supreme Court's DACA decision affect young unauthorized immigrants with temporary work permits and deportation protection through the program?

More ICE work site audits underway as enforcement steps up

Federal immigration agents continue to visit L.A. businesses, gathering hiring records to see if any unauthorized immigrants have been hired.

Two-thirds of San Gabriel Valley's Asian-Americans are immigrants

About 67 percent of the more than half a million Asians who call the San Gabriel Valley home are foreign-born, according to a new report.

Senate rejects bipartisan immigration plan and Trump's, too

Hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants are still in limbo after politicians defeated four separate proposals, proving how hard it is to strike a deal on this issue.

Arrests of immigrants with no criminal record rise in LA region

Since President Trump lifted Obama-era policies that kept immigration agents focused on criminals, local arrests of immigrants with no criminal history have spiked.

Family immigration cuts in Senate plan stir controversy

The U.S. Senate is debating immigration changes, including the idea of preventing U.S. citizens from sponsoring their parents for legal immigration.

Can immigrants sponsor 'unlimited numbers of distant relatives?'

President Trump's suggestion that immigrants can sponsor unlimited numbers of family members brought a sharp response from Judy Chu, a Los Angeles congresswoman.

As LA weighs legal street vending, state bill aims to move ahead

A state bill aims to decriminalize street vending, as Los Angeles did last year. But the legislation also pushes local governments to license vendors.

Immigrants losing deportation protection have few options

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.

Syrian immigrants can renew deportation protection — for now

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.