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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
Former immigration judge Traci Hong looks at memorabilia from her time on the bench.
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Why This Burned-Out Immigration Judge Quit Her Job

A woman holds an American flag and a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services envelope
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New 'Public Charge' Rule Could 'Profoundly' Change Legal Immigration

U.S. Border Patrol agent
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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
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Formerly Deported Vet Attends State Of The Union For 'Voiceless Ones'

People protest travel ban in 2018
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Trump Restricts Immigration — But Not Temporary Visas — For 6 Nations

Mexican National Guard detains a Central American migrant
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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.
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Why Are The Majority of White Evangelicals Against Welcoming Refugees?

Various types of marijuana
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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.
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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?

A U.S. soldier fires a M4 carbine at a range on Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, June 4, 2019
Spc. DeAndre Pierce / U.S. ArmyPolitics

Fewer Immigrant Military Members Are Gaining Citizenship Under Trump

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.
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How Immigrant Advocates Are Preparing For Possible ICE Raids