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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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A freeze frame from a Border Patrol fictionalized video showing a migrant killing an innocent man
Border PatrolPolitics

Border Patrol Made Fictional Video Of Migrant Killing Man

Protestors march in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs
AP Photo/Lynne SladkyPolitics

Immigrants With Protected Status Sue To Restore Path To Green Cards

A pedestrian crossing from Mexico into the U.S. has his facial features and eyes scanned.
AP Photo/Denis PoroyPolitics

Trump Administration Wants Immigrants' DNA, Eye Scans, Voice Prints

People take the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony
AP Photo/Frank Franklin IIPolitics

U.S. To Drastically Hike Citizenship And Most Other Immigration Fees

President Trump presides over a naturalization ceremony at the 2020 Republican National Convention
Republican National ConventionPolitics

Critics Call RNC Citizenship Ceremony 'Hypocrisy On A Galactic Scale'

President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in San Luis, Ariz.
AP Photo/Evan VucciPolitics

Trump Doubles Down On Anti-Immigration Rhetoric As Reelection Strategy

Migrant families held by ICE contractors at a Texas hotel
Texas Civil Rights Project / Roberto Alejandro LopezPolitics

'Secret' Expulsions Of Migrant Kids Challenged In New Lawsuit

Students at Copenhagen International School
Daniel OxenhandlerSci/Health

How Denmark Successfully Reopened Schools

AP Photo/Carolyn KasterPolitics

Biden's Immigration Platform Is Ambitious. Is It Realistic?

Demonstrators protest in favor of DACA
AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinPolitics

New DACA Applications Will Be Rejected Amid Review Of Program's Repeal

Immigrants seeking asylum hold hands as they leave a cafeteria at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley.
AP Photo/Eric GayPolitics

Immigrant Kids Remain In ICE Detention Despite Deadline To Free Them

Ijeoma "Golden" Kouadio, a winner of the diversity visa lottery, with her husband and two daughters.
Ijeoma "Golden" KouadioPolitics

Thousands Of Green Card Lottery Winners Out Of Luck Due To Trump's Ban

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security are deployed to protect a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon.
Doug Brown via APU.S.

Former DHS Officials Blast Department's Show Of Force In Portland

A protester holds a "Defend DACA" sign in front of the Supreme Court
AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinPolitics

Trump Admin. Rejects New DACA Applicants Despite Supreme Court Order

International student Christian Jackson with friends at Drake University
Christian JacksonPolitics

ICE Backtracks, Allows Foreign Students To Study Online In The U.S.

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?