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

If DACA is rescinded, what can local government do? Not much

Los Angeles has created a legal defense fund and LAPD limits cooperation with immigration agents, but Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledges the city can only do so much.

Anxiety grows as uncertainty clouds future of DACA

The future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is up in the air now that President Trump is under increasing pressure to end the Obama-era program.

Could an underfunded 2020 census survey hurt California?

With fewer than three years before the once-a-decade U.S. population survey, civil rights advocates are afraid tight funding might lead to an inaccurate count.

Pasadena principal threatened to call ICE, suit says

A parent and a guardian of Pasadena school students sued school district officials, alleging an ex-school principal threatened to report them to immigration.

Applications for CA immigrant driver's licenses declining

As of this July, about 915,000 unauthorized immigrants had obtained California driver's licenses after they became available to them in January 2015. Application numbers have gradually been dropping off.

Charlottesville: Could it happen in Southern California?

California has had its share of violent clashes involving extremists. Can unrest on the scale of Charlottesville break out here?

Refugee kids in Orange County find a safe haven in soccer

A resettlement agency's weekly soccer camp draws refugee children, most from the war-torn Middle East. For some, playing without fear of violence is a revelation.

Immigrant dad facing deportation is step closer to removal

An attorney for Romulo Avelica Gonzalez, arrested in February after dropping off one of his daughters at school, says an appeals court declined to hear his case.

SoCal agencies weigh impact as feds tie grants to immigration

The U.S. Department of Justice announced new conditions for law enforcement grants that tie funding to immigration enforcement.

LA pastor detained after meeting with immigration officials

Pastor Noe Carias Mayorga, once a low priority for deportation under the Obama administration, finds he's no longer that under President Trump's immigration enforcement.

As Haitians' US stay restricted, others fear they're next

Haitians living temporarily in the U.S. following an earthquake in 2010 could lose their protection next year, making Central Americans and others nervous.

Tempered optimism over a new 'Dream Act' bill in the Trump era

A new version of legislation long known as the Dream Act has returned to the Senate. But the bipartisan bill likely faces an uphill climb.

Supreme Court order again narrows the door for US-bound refugees

The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed part of a lower court's ruling last week that opened the door for more refugees to arrive in the United States.

Reopened deportation cases up more than 60 percent in LA

Reopened deportation cases are up more than 60 percent in Los Angeles as immigrants who were once assured they could stay in the country find that may longer be so.

Trump travel ban hits refugee admissions

After Wednesday, refugees will need to prove a bona fide relationship with a close family member or a U.S. entity to enter the country.