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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
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.
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.
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.
A parent and a guardian of Pasadena school students sued school district officials, alleging an ex-school principal threatened to report them to immigration.
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.
California has had its share of violent clashes involving extremists. Can unrest on the scale of Charlottesville break out here?
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced new conditions for law enforcement grants that tie funding to immigration enforcement.
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.
Haitians living temporarily in the U.S. following an earthquake in 2010 could lose their protection next year, making Central Americans and others nervous.
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.
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 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.
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.