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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
Dr. Josiah "Jody" Rich
Mike Cohea / Brown UniversitySci/Health

Doctor Who Treats COVID-19 Patients Urges ICE To Release Detainees

In this July 8, 2019, file photo, an ICE officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif.
AP Photo/Gregory BullSci/Health

Former ICE Director Urges White House To Release Nonviolent Detainees

An ICE detainee sits in a holding cell
AP Photo/David GoldmanPolitics

ICE Detainee Tests Positive For The Coronavirus

A detainee waits for a visit from family who must communicate through a phone at the Stewart Detention Center, Friday, Nov. 1
AP Photo/David GoldmanPolitics

Immigrant Advocates Call On ICE To Release Vulnerable Detainees

Cook County Jail Health Services
AP Photo/Jeff RobersonU.S.

Chicago Jail Officer, 2 Detainees Test Positive For The Coronavirus

Martina Sanchez Rodriguez, an undocumented worker, at her place in Chicago.
Newsy / Madeline CarlSci/Health

Advocates Want Undocumented Workers To Receive Coronavirus Aid

Asylum seekers wearing masks enter a door while attending a mandatory immigration court hearing on Monday, March 16, 2020
AP Photo/Cedar AttanasioPolitics

Prosecutors, Judges And Lawyers Demand Closure Of Immigration Courts

People wearing masks in an airport
Michael Dwyer / APSci/Health

Americans In Europe Are Worried And Confused By The U.S. Travel Ban

Chicago's Vaughn Occupational High School
Ben SchamissoSci/Health

How Are Parents Handling School Closings Amid Coronavirus Concerns?

Inmate at Cook County Jail in Chicago
AP Photo / Charles Rex ArbogastU.S.

How One Of The Country's Largest Jails Is Prepping For The Coronavirus

Mayra Sarabia meeting with neighbors
Newsy / Madeline CarlPolitics

Census 2020: This Canvasser Is On A Mission To Get Latinos Counted

Aid workers' vehicle with smashed windshield
Ameer SharifzadehWorld

Greek Nationalists Attack Migrant Aid Workers, Including 8 Americans

A camp for asylum seekers stands next to the international bridge to the United States in Matamoros, Mexico
Getty ImagesPolitics

Asylum Officers Cheer Injunction On 'Remain In Mexico' Policy

Former immigration judge Traci Hong looks at memorabilia from her time on the bench.
Newsy / Andrew ShaferPolitics

Why This Burned-Out Immigration Judge Quit Her Job

A woman holds an American flag and a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services envelope
Getty ImagePolitics

New 'Public Charge' Rule Could 'Profoundly' Change Legal Immigration

U.S. Border Patrol agent
Getty ImagesPolitics

Chicago Leaders Condemn Deployment Of Elite Border Patrol Units

The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington, DC.
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Immigration Judges Union Calls For Courts' Independence From DOJ

Miguel Perez becoming a U.S. citizen
Green Card VeteransPolitics

Formerly Deported Vet Attends State Of The Union For 'Voiceless Ones'

People protest travel ban in 2018
Getty ImagesPolitics

Trump Restricts Immigration — But Not Temporary Visas — For 6 Nations

Mexican National Guard detains a Central American migrant
AP Photo/Marco UgartePolitics

Mexico Is Cracking Down On U.S.-Bound Migrants — At What Cost?

Syrian-American humanitarian doctor Zaher Sahloul treats a baby at a camp for displaced people in Idlib, Syria.

U.S. Doctor Raising The Alarm About Millions Trapped In Syria's Idlib

A conservative woman outside of an evangelical church in Florida.
Getty ImagePolitics

Why Are The Majority of White Evangelicals Against Welcoming Refugees?

Various types of marijuana
Getty ImagePolitics

Why Immigrants Should Stay Away from Legalized Pot

Syrian refugee kids celebrate the holidays in Chicago
Newsy / Madeline CarlPolitics

How Syrian Refugee Kids In Chicago Are Celebrating The Holidays

Jesus Lopez Gutierrez, a detained immigrant who is suing ICE for blocking him from renewing DACA.
Miguel Lopez GutierrezPolitics

A Detained Immigrant Is Suing ICE For Blocking His DACA Renewal

Miguel Martinez Valdes and his son
Whitney MartinezPolitics

Undocumented Father Of Sick Child Hopes For Deportation Protection

A migrant child in Matamoros, Mexico, where the U.S. has returned thousands of asylum seekers under the Remain in Mexico rule
Newsy / Mai Nolasco-CarranzaPolitics

Asylum Officers Union Tells Congress 'Remain In Mexico' Is 'Illegal'

Protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court to support DACA and Dreamers.
Getty ImagesPolitics

DACA May End Soon — How Would That Affect The Economy?

"Home Is Here" Rally Held Outside Supreme Court As DACA Arguments Are Heard
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SCOTUS Hears Arguments Over Trump's Attempt to Rescind DACA

DACA supports hold a "Defend DACA" banner during a march
Megan Smith / NewsyPolitics

DACA Goes To The Supreme Court — What's At Stake For Its Recipients?