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

DACA recipients eligible to renew have one week left

With time running out before a deadline for thousands of DACA recipients to renew their status, questions remain whether everyone eligible has gotten the message.

Quake donations of used clothes can't go to Mexico

Mexican officials say used clothes and shoes won't make it through customs at the border. But blankets, tents, and personal hygiene products are in demand.

Are Trump's latest travel restrictions a Muslim ban?

With North Korea and Venezuela on the list impacted by the newly announced travel restrictions, the debate is on again whether the rules constitute a Muslim ban.

Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions

The president issued new travel regulations that ban or restrict people from certain countries from entering the U.S. for 180 days.

Donors, state put up funds so DACA recipients can pay renewal fees

Private donors and the state have set aside funds to help young unauthorized immigrants cover the $495 fee before an Oct. 5 deadline.

Trump-backed bill would switch up US visa system

A measure backed by the Trump administration seeks to change the family-based immigration visa system to one favoring those with job skills and college degrees.

California immigration bills headed to governor's desk

Most of the immigration-related measures aim to challenge the Trump administration's stricter immigration enforcement policies.

Trump: GOP leadership 'on board' with deal over DACA

Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi said they had a "productive meeting" with the president Wednesday night. But Trump pushed back Thursday morning on Twitter.

Thousands of DACA recipients may miss renewal deadline

When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was rescinded, an Oct. 5 deadline was set for many recipients to renew their status to work and live here legally.

California attorney general defends DACA lawsuit

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra says a suit against the Trump administration after its DACA program decision isn't wasted effort or grandstanding.

California files suit to block Trump from terminating DACA

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra files suit Monday to block President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

FAQ: What to expect as DACA is phased out

President Trump’s decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program raises many questions about what's next. Here's what we know so far.

Dreamers react to Trump's plan to end DACA in 6 months

The Trump administration announced Tuesday the end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. Ahead of the announcement, Dreamers shared their thoughts.

Immigrant father returns home after being released on bond

Romulo Avelica Gonzales, the immigrant dad from Lincoln Heights, was released Wednesday evening after being held for six months at the Adelanto immigrant detention facility. A judge released him on $6,000 bond.

LA immigrant dad fighting deportation released on bond

Romulo Avelica Gonzales has been held for months in the Adelanto immigrant detention center as he has fought to stay in the country.