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Ben Schamisso

Culture Reporter

Ben Schamisso is Newsy's resident Belgian whose international upbringing aids in his storytelling. Formerly the lead videographer for Belgium's most prestigious football (not soccer) team and producer for the Chicago Tribune, Ben is now a culture reporter in Newsy's Chicago bureau. When he’s not reading camera manuals for fun, you can catch him playing tennis or convincing his colleagues that Belgium will win the next World Cup. Want to chat with Ben? Well, you're in luck. He speaks three languages. Feel free to email him at

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, 8, holds her doll Rodrigo while going home on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.
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Kids Come To The Border Alone, But This Lawyer Has Their Back

A Predator drone operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protections near the Mexican border on March 7, 2013
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Could Drones Secure The Border Better Than Trump's Wall?

Prototype sections of a border wall between Mexico and the United States are under construction on October 5, 2017 in Tijuana
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What Is A Wall? Semantics May Help Move Shutdown Negotiations Forward

The U.S. Capitol is shown on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC, with a STOP sign in front of it.
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Could A Wall-For-DACA Deal Solve The Shutdown Impasse?

CBP agents stand guard on the U.S. side of the San Ysidro port of entry during an exercise which briefly closed the crossing.
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How The Economy Would Be Impacted If Trump Really Closed The Border

Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles.
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Sponsors Flee Tucker Carlson, But Some Say A Boycott Isn't The Answer

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
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Outgoing Speaker Ryan Is Pushing For Thousands Of Irish Work Visas

An ICE officer is pictured in the foreground with undocumented immigrants in the background inside a holding cell.
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ICE Arrested 170 Undocumented Immigrants Trying To Claim Detained Kids

Migrants wait in line to receive donated items outside a temporary shelter on Nov 28, in Tijuana.
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Why Are Thousands Of Migrants Stuck In Tijuana?

2: Immigrants prepare to become American citizens at a naturalization service on January 22, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
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Report: US Considering Charging Certain Immigrants To Apply For Asylum

A still from the HBO film "Icebox"
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New Film Follows Child Migrant From Border Crossing To Asylum Hearing

Troops set up up concertina wire at the international bridge with Mexico
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The US Is Spending More On Border Troops Than Immigration Judges

A woman holds an American flag and a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services envelope
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Proposed Rule Could Deny Green Cards To Likely Welfare Recipients

Young Syrian refugee kids in Chicago share a Thanksgiving meal.
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Helping Refugee Kids Assimilate One Thanksgiving Dinner At A Time

A new citizen holds a USCIS envelope and an American flag
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A Son Of Immigrants Makes The Case For Skills-based Immigration

Masked person holds a lit flare at Poland's March of Independence on November 11, 2018.
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While Macron Rebuked Nationalism, Nationalists Marched In Poland

A girl holds up a sign thanking veterans at the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City.
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The Argument For Changing 'Veterans Day' Back to 'Armistice Day'

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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Can Trump Use The Justice Department For Personal Attacks?

Members of the Central American caravan head out at dawn for their next destination on November 01, 2018.
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Covering The Caravan — Without Amplifying Political Rhetoric

African-Americans hiding in the swamps of Louisiana in 1873
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Birthright Citizenship Is A Legacy Of Former Slaves

Flowers and cards sit at a makeshift memorial down the street from the Tree Of Life Synagogue.
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Rising US Anti-Semitism In Plain View After Synagogue Attack

Financier and philanthropist George Soros
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Do George Soros Conspiracy Theories Promote Anti-Semitism?

Members of a migrant caravan walk into the interior of Mexico after crossing the Guatemalan border on October 21, 2018.
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Why Trump Believes Migrant Caravan Is 'A Great Republican Issue'

Activists protest the separation of children from their parents in front of a Texas immigration detention facility.
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This Border Policy Option Is Being Called 'Separation 2.0'

Myya Jones is running for Mayor of Detroit. She's one of three women profiled in the documentary, "Represent."
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This Doc Explores 'The Year Of The Woman' From The Ground Up

A bag of cannabis
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Study Finds Cannabis Is Worse For Teens' Brains Than Alcohol

Man protests cuts to benefit programs
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Your Guide To Medicare And Social Security, Just In Time For Midterms

Key Yu Wang mows a lawn
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This Chinese-American Community Is Empowering Adults With Disabilities

A U.S. Border Patrol agent talks to a migrant mother and daughter before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018.
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Memo Shows DHS Did Discuss Ordering Family Separations

A still image from The Black Eyed Peas' music video for "Big Love," showing migrant children in detention.
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Black Eyed Peas, Logic's Re-enacted Border Scenes Say A Lot About 2018