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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
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.
Protection for nearly 800,000 young immigrants under the DACA program is set to expire beginning next March. Congressional action seems increasingly unlikely.
The Trump Administration has announced it will end Temporary Protected Status for more than 5,000 Nicaraguan immigrants in the U.S., while delaying a decision on Hondurans.
Civil rights advocates filed a lawsuit against immigration officials for arrested Cambodian immigrants, alleging officials are unlawfully detaining them.
The Trump administration is expected to soon announce the fate of more than 86,000 Hondurans living in the U.S. temporarily. Their status is set to expire next year.
Federal officials have arrested as many as 100 Cambodians nationwide as part of a push to send them back to their homeland.
The Trump administration is imposing new limits on refugees entering the U.S. — although resettlement agencies say vetting is already strict.
Federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland this week blocked President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban, but they did not suspend restrictions like tighter vetting.
Two federal judges temporarily restrained President Trump’s third attempt at restricting travel from mostly Muslim-majority nations. Here's a look at one of those court orders.
As a plan to legalize street vending makes its way through City Hall, officials have proposed stop-gap regulations. This one would reduce the penalty to a civil citation.
The Trump administration wants a list of immigration enforcement measures tied to any legislation that would benefit young immigrants now protected under DACA.
Tens of thousands of young immigrants who were eligible to renew their protection from deportation appear to have missed the deadline.
Los Angeles police detained protesters who shut down an intersection on Thursday, the last day for young immigrants protected under the federal DACA program to renew their protection before the program ends.