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Ben Schamisso

Immigration Reporter

Ben Schamisso is a reporter focused primarily on immigration. Born and raised in Belgium, Ben's international upbringing aids in his storytelling. Prior to joining Newsy in 2016, he was the lead videographer for Belgium's most prestigious soccer team and a producer for the Chicago Tribune. He earned his master's degree in broadcast journalism at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in 2012. Want to chat with him about immigration policy? Well, you're in luck — he speaks three languages.

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Detainees in a holding area at an ICE detention facility
AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenPolitics

COVID-19 Cases Surge In ICE Detention

Aisha Kazman Kammawie takes the Oath of Allegiance during a drive-thru naturalization ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa.
AP Photo/Charlie NeibergallPolitics

Naturalization Delays Could Hold Up Scores Of Prospective 2020 Voters

International student Christian Jackson with friends at Drake University
Christian JacksonPolitics

International Students Will Have To Leave U.S. If Schools Move Online

A bust of Belgium's King Leopold II is hoisted off of its plinth and removed from a park in Ghent, Belgium.
AP / Francisco SecoWorld

Belgium Confronts Its Colonial Past In The Wake Of Floyd's Death

Namita Telang with her husband and daughters
Namita TelangPolitics

President Trump's Immigration Freeze Is Keeping Families Separated

Mexican guest workers at a quarry in Idaho
Northern Stone SupplyPolitics

Trump's Immigration Freeze Hurting Stone Mining Businesses In Idaho

Dreamers hold a rally on Capitol Hill in favor of DACA
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FilePolitics

Supreme Court Blocks Trump's Bid To End Protections For 'Dreamers'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro talks with Army Commander General Edson Leal Pujol
AP Photo/Eraldo PeresSci/Health

Brazil President Bolsonaro Alludes To A Military Coup To Stay In Power

Protesters support California's sanctuary law
AP Photo/Haven DaleyPolitics

Supreme Court Denies Trump's Challenge To California Sanctuary Law

Moenchengladbach soccer players celebrate in front of cardboard photos of fans displayed in the stands
AP Photo/Martin MeissnerSports

How To Liven Up Sports In Empty Stadiums

Health workers in Brazil in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil.
AP Photo/Felipe DanaSci/Health

COVID-19 Surges In The Southern Hemisphere Just In Time For Winter

Protesters gather in London's Trafalgar Square on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Fl
Victoria Jones/ PA / APU.S.

Global Outrage: Why George Floyd's Death Resonates Beyond The U.S.

Vietnamese students have temperatures taken
AP Photo/Hau DinhSci/Health

How Vietnam Beat The Coronavirus

South Korean students receive a body temperature check on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
AP Photo/Ahn Young-joonSci/Health

How South Korea Contained The Coronavirus

A couple hug and laugh as they have lunch in a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden on April 4, 2020.
AP Photo/Andres KudackiSci/Health

Is Sweden's Soft Lockdown Working?

Waiter wearing mask serves breakfast
Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via APSci/Health

How Is Italy Managing The Reopening Of Bars And Restaurants?

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds up a card showing an alert system for COVID-19
AP Photo/Nick PerrySci/Health

How New Zealand Beat The Coronavirus

A man wears a mask near the Eiffel Tower
AP Photo/Christophe EnaSci/Health

France Partly Emerges From Lockdown

Carlos Escobar-Mejia
Joan Del VallePolitics

First ICE Detainee Dies From COVID-19

Medical interpreters at Morton Medical Center
Carla FogarenSci/Health

What It's Like To Be A Medical Interpreter Amid The Pandemic

Pooja Chandrashekar, the founder and director of the COVID-19 Health Literacy Project.
Pooja ChandrashekarSci/Health

Medical Students Create COVID-19 Fact Sheets In 37 Languages

Whitney Martinez (right) with her undocumented husband and two children.
Whitney MartinezPolitics

Americans Filing Taxes With Undocumented Spouses Cut Out Of Stimulus

Healthcare workers inside a New Yok hospital
AP Photo/John MinchilloSci/Health

Foreign-Trained Doctors Implore States To Let Them Help Amid Pandemic

President Trump
AP Photo/Alex BrandonPolitics

President Trump To Curb Legal Immigration To 'Protect' U.S. Workers

Dr. Zaher Sahloul and nurses at a Chicago hospital
Dr. Zaher SahloulSci/Health

Medical Workers Treating COVID-19 Patients Face Mental Health Risks

A San Francisco family pledges to donate a portion of their stimulus checks to local undocumented families
United Educators of San FranciscoPolitics

Many Undocumented Workers Pay Taxes But Can't Get COVID-19 Checks

A homeless person carrying a sign and wearing a mask
AP Photo / Nam Y. HuhSci/Health

Nonprofits And Public Health Groups Step Up Support For The Homeless

An ICE detainee and telephone
AP Photo/David GoldmanSci/Health

ICE Detainees With Asthma Tell Newsy They're 'Afraid Of Dying In Here'

A protester with a poster that says 'Defend DACA' in front of the Supreme Court.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinSci/Health

'Dreamers' Tell Supreme Court Ending DACA Now Would Be 'Catastrophic'

A 2010 file image of an ICE agent walking by detainees during a deportation flight
AP Photo/LM Otero, FileSci/Health

Central America Worries U.S. Deportees Are Bringing COVID-19