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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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How Does Trump's Refugee Cap Compare To Other Nations?

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Can President Trump Control The Justice Department?

Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on September 12, 2018
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What Went Wrong For Maria Could Help FEMA Get It Right For Florence

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How US Open Winner Naomi Osaka Is Redefining 'Japanese'

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
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How 'Minding The Gap' Embraces Skateboarding's Vulnerable Side

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U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American immigrants into custody on January 4, 2017 near McAllen, Texas.
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Deported Parents Could Finally Reunite With 386 Left-Behind Kids

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Border Agent Who Fatally Shot Mexican Teen Isn't Immune, Court Says

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Universal Basic Income Is A Hot Welfare Idea — But Can It Be Funded?

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Sexual Harassment At Music Festivals 'Isn't Very Punk Rock Of You'

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Moms Helping Moms: How Mothers Reunited A Migrant Family In A Day

Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas
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More Americans Than Ever Say Immigration Is The Top Problem In The US

A U.S. Border Patrol agent tells asylum seekers that they will have to wait at the top of the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry.
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Asylum Case Wins Vary Greatly By City, But It's Unclear Why

Members of a caravan of Central Americans who spent weeks traveling across Mexico walk from Mexico to the U.S. side of the bo
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How To Reduce The Immigration Case Backlog? Depends Who You Ask

A close up of the World Cup trophy after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina
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World Cup Facts To Make You Seem Like A Football Fanatic

An inmate prison behind bars

Mass Incarceration Of Parents Affects Kids' Health Into Adulthood

Players from Tibet at the 2018 CONIFA Football World Cup

There's An Alternative World Cup For Unrecognized Nations

Protesters in Chicago at a "Families Belong Together" march
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Protesters March For More Than Solving Family Separations

U.S. Border Patrol agents take a father and son from Honduras into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border
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How Attorneys Are Using Lawsuits To Reunite Immigrant Families

Central American asylum-seekers are taken into custody
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Reuniting Immigrant Families Is Easier Said Than Done

U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody
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Why Trump Admin. Blames Immigration 'Loopholes' For Family Breakups

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) ICE agents detain a suspected MS-13 gang member and Honduran immigrant.
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Fearing Deportation, Many Immigrants Are Avoiding Police And Courts

U.S. Border Patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants after they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States
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As Immigration Jails Fill Up, Detainees Are Moved To Federal Prisons

Lulú Martínez by the U.S-Mexico border in 2013.
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This Queer Dreamer And 'Chicagoan Of The Year' Was Granted Asylum

ICE agents frisk a suspected MS-13 gang member
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Study: More Immigrants Labeled Gang Members On Poor Evidence

A Syrian refugee and her daughter are greeted by her brother and mother
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Record Decline In Refugees Goes Beyond Trump's Campaign Promise

Syrian Communty Network founder Suzanne Akhras and her leadership team in 2015
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Syrian Refugee Group Shifts Focus To Stay Open In Trump Era

U.S. Border Patrol agents body search undocumented immigrants from Central America
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The Number Of Jailed Immigrants Is At A Record High — And Rising

A mother and child, 3, from El Salvador await transport to a processing center for undocumented immigrants.
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Separating Families Caught At The Border: Rhetoric Or Real Policy?