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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.

  Recent Work
Cuban migrants attend an asylum workshop in Matamoros, Mexico.
Mai Nolasco-CarranzaPolitics

Why Thousands Of Cuban Asylum Seekers Are Stuck In Mexico

Migrant women in Matamoros, Mexico
Mai Nolasco-CarranzaPolitics

Asylum Officers: Pregnant Migrants Kept In Mexico To Prevent US Births

A migrant father and his son in Matamoros, Mexico
Mai Nolasco-Carranza / NewsyPolitics

The US Is Making Migrants Wait In Dangerous Mexican Towns Without Aid

Migrants in Mexico receive legal aid from U.S. lawyers
Mai Nolasco-Carranza / NewsyPolitics

For Migrants Waiting In Mexico, Access To U.S. Lawyers Is A Rare Boon

Central American migrants
Mai Nolasco-CarranzaPolitics

Migrants Remain In Mexico With Even Slimmer Chance Of Getting To U.S.

Syrian refugee holds an American flag
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A Fraction Of Global Refugees Resettle In The U.S. Who Are They?

Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García (IL / D) and Chicago immigrant supporters remind public that DACA Is still not safe
Newsy / Andrew ShaferPolitics

Chicago 'Dreamers' Remind Public That DACA Is Still Not Safe

Person holds an American flag and immigration documents
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Will Trump's Green Card Rule Benefit Taxpayers Or Hurt The Economy?

A woman holds an American flag and a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services envelope
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New Rule Could Curb Legal Immigration From Central America

Swelling Numbers Of Migrants Overwhelm Southern Border Crossings
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Lawyers Say Migrants Don't 'Skip' Court — They're Just Not Notified

Migrants make their way to cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico at the Rio Grande river on May 20, 2019
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New Asylum Rule Could Lead Migrants To Cross Border In Riskier Ways

A Chicago lawyer and immigrant advocate tells people during a press conference that undocumented immigrants have rights.
Madeline Carl / NewsyPolitics

How Immigrant Advocates Are Preparing For Possible ICE Raids

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to a departure from the White House June 18, 2019 in DC.
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Why Trump Isn't Pushing This Tool That Can Flag Undocumented Workers

Celene Adama opens up about how ICE arrested her husband in 2017
Madeline Carl / NewsyPolitics

This Immigrant Saw ICE Arrest Her Husband — Here's What She Learned

Mexican police and migrants
Getty ImagePolitics

Does Mexico Qualify As A 'Safe' Country For Asylum-Seekers?

An immigrant works on landscaping
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Why These US Businesses Want More Foreign Guest Workers

A U.S. Border Patrol agent and asylum-seekers
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Immigration Judges Say Court System Needs Resources, Not Quotas

Mai Kakish and Abeer Najjar, two Arab women chefs who helped spearhead #AprilIsForArabFood
Andrew ShaferU.S.

How Two Arab Women Chefs Are Celebrating #AprilIsForArabFood

Pro-sanctuary policy demonstrator
Getty ImagesPolitics

California County May Revise Its Sanctuary Policy After Woman's Death

Pro-Palestinian protesters
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Young Progressives Are Increasingly Critical Of Israel. Here's Why.

Clemantine Wamariya, Rwanda genocide survivor and author of "The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After"
Julia ZavePolitics

This Author Fled The Rwandan Genocide And Survived To Tell Her Story

CBP agents stand guard on the U.S. side of the San Ysidro port of entry during an exercise which briefly closed the crossing.
Getty ImagesPolitics

How The Economy Would Be Impacted If Trump Really Closed The Border

Protester holds a sign in favor of socialism
Getty ImagePolitics

Socialism Is Trending — Here's What It Really Means

A protest for slavery reparations in New York City
Getty ImageU.S.

Many 2020 Dems Say They Back Reparations — But What Does It Mean?

The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Getty ImageU.S.

Yes, White Nationalism Is On The Rise — At Least In The US

A new citizen holds a USCIS envelope and an American flag
Getty ImagesPolitics

2020 Census: What's Wrong With Asking People If They're Citizens?

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6,
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Let's Bring Context To The Ilhan Omar Anti-Semitism Controversy

A woman walks to enter Mexico on foot at the San Ysidro port of entry on April 9, 2018 in San Ysidro, California.
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Why Some Migrants Are Waiting For Their US Asylum Cases In Mexico

Venezuelan immigrants demonstrate in Miami
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Venezuelans Fleeing To The US Join Fastest-Growing Immigrant Community

A protester holds Venezuelan and American flags
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Should The US Grant Temporary Protections To Venezuelan Immigrants?