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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 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.
As of yesterday, federal officials said they had yet to receive applications from thousands of young immigrants eligible to renew their protection one last time.
Legal providers are working feverishly to help applicants file for renewal by Oct. 5.
A nationwide sweep of "sanctuary" cities led to the arrest of about 500 immigrants. More than 300 had criminal convictions but only a few were violent offenders.
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.
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.
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.
The president issued new travel regulations that ban or restrict people from certain countries from entering the U.S. for 180 days.
Private donors and the state have set aside funds to help young unauthorized immigrants cover the $495 fee before an Oct. 5 deadline.
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.
Most of the immigration-related measures aim to challenge the Trump administration's stricter immigration enforcement policies.
Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi said they had a "productive meeting" with the president Wednesday night. But Trump pushed back Thursday morning on Twitter.
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.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra says a suit against the Trump administration after its DACA program decision isn't wasted effort or grandstanding.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra files suit Monday to block President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.