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

Salvadorans temporarily in US await their fate

The Trump administration is expected to soon announce whether it will revoke temporary permission for more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants to live in the U.S.

DACA job permits will begin expiring soon

Many young immigrants could lose the jobs they currently have and be forced into lower paying work.

How the new sanctuary state law will affect local law enforcement

The law takes effect Jan. 1 and restricts how local police can cooperate with federal immigration agents. Some agencies will see few changes.

National Pfeffernusse Day? The story of a holiday cookie

The small, round, spice-laden cookie is popular in Germany and parts of northern Europe. It's believed to have hitched a ride across the Atlantic with 17th century German immigrants.

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."