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Ben Schamisso


Ben Schamisso is a reporter focused primarily on global affairs and 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 and foreign policy? Well, you're in luck — he speaks three languages.

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Sandra Ortiz and her son Bryan Chavez
Families Belong TogetherPolitics

Migrant Families Reunite After Years Apart: 'It Feels Like A Dream'

Congolese refugee Joseph Madogo and his wife Diane Taussi
Joseph MadogoPolitics

For Waiting Refugees, U.S. About-Face On Admissions Brings Hope

Former ICE detainee Estrella Sanchez
Jesse Pratt LópezPolitics

Former ICE Detainee Interrupts President's Speech — Here's Her Story

Afghan interpreter Janis Shinwari (left) and a U.S. solider in Afghanistan
Janis ShinwariU.S.

Many Afghan Interpreters Risked Their Lives For the U.S. — Now What?

A child floats on an inner tube in a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta inHonduras, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
AP Photo/Delmer MartinezPolitics

Hurricane Devastation Fuels U.S.-Bound Migration From Honduras

Students at Kabul school
AP Photo/Rahmat GulU.S.

The View From Kabul: Afghans Anxious About U.S. Withdrawal

Billy and Tori, who foster migrant kids, in front of their house
Jeff Wick / NewsyPolitics

In Caring For Border Kids, Foster Parents Say 'Love Knows No Language'

U.S. Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego
AP Photo/Gregory Bull, FilePolitics

Evasion Of Border Patrol Hits Highest Level In Years, Says Union

Daniel Umana, a Salvadoran man who plans on trekking to the U.S.
Juan Carlos QuinterosPolitics

$13K Smuggler's Fee Part Of Salvadoran's Plan To Get To U.S.

Migrants wait in a Reynosa, Mexico park

In The Park Where Families Expelled To Mexico Wait, Fearing Kidnapping

Migrants in a McAllen, Texas Relief Shelter

Inside High-Demand Migrant Relief Shelter Near U.S.-Mexico Border

Kids lay in a crowded CBP shelter in Texas
U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionPolitics

Feds Expand Child Migrant Capacity As 'Don't Come' Message Fails

Migrants at a bus station in Brownsville, Texas

'No Information': Newsy Talks To Migrants Released Without Court Dates

A migrant family crosses the border into El Paso, Texas, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Biden Administration Allowing Most Migrant Families To Stay

Migrant family is given an initial health screening at a border patrol facility.
U.S. Border PatrolPolitics

Feds Lean On Cash-Strapped Border Towns To COVID Test Migrants

A man scales the border wall in El Paso
Megan Smith / NewsyPolitics

Newsy Captures Border Arrests Of 8 Migrants, Including Kids, On Camera

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and a GOP delegation at the U.S.-Mexico border
Megan Smith / NewsyPolitics

Republican Lawmakers Tour Border Facility Holding Migrant Children

A Honduran teenager is taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents crossing the U.S. near San Diego, Calif.
AP Photo/Moises CastilloPolitics

Why Are So Many Migrant Kids Trekking Alone To The U.S. Border?

Pope Francis in Baghdad
AP Photo/Andrew MedichiniWorld

Pope Francis Starts Historic Iraq Trip To Boost Fading Christians

Brazilian health workers wheel in a patient suspected of suffering from COVID-19 into a field hospital near Brasilia.
AP Photo/Eraldo PeresSci/Health

Experts Say Brazil's Worsening COVID Outbreak Is A Global Threat

Some of the students who were abducted by gunmen and then released days later.
AP Photo/Sunday AlambaWorld

Nearly 300 Nigerian Schoolgirls Freed Days After Being Kidnapped

Photos released by semi-official Syrian SAMA show aftermath of the U.S military airstrikes near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

U.S. Airstrike Sends Message To Iran Amid Revived Nuclear Talks

Undocumented immigrant Andrea Anaya hols a sign saying "my dreams are not illegal"
Andrea AnayaPolitics

Undocumented Immigrants: President Biden's Bill Would Be Life Changing

Two women seeking asylum in the U.S. wait in Matamoros, Mexico.
AP Photo/Gregory BullPolitics

U.S. Welcomes Some Asylum-Seekers Who Were Awaiting Hearings In Mexico

French women protest bill
AP Photo/Thibault CamusWorld

French Lawmakers Back Contentious Bill Meant To Curb Radical Islamism

Migrants returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, at a camp in Matamoros, Mexico.
AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas, FilePolitics

25,000 Migrants Stuck In Mexico To Get Asylum Chance In U.S.

An immigration detainee sits at the Otay Mesa Detention Center Wednesday in California.
AP Photo/Gregory BullPolitics

Pres. Biden Urged To Fulfill Promise To End For-Profit Immigrant Jails

Family in refugee camp
AP Photo/Hussein MallaPolitics

President Biden's Plan To Admit More Refugees Faces Many Obstacles

A family in Ivory Coast who won the diversity visa lottery
Ijeoma "Golden" Kouadio.Politics

Visa Lottery Winners Pray For Pres. Biden's Repeal Of Visa Ban

A Guatemalan migrant hugs his son as they reunite after being separated
AP Photo/Ringo H.W. ChiuPolitics

Pres. Biden's Effort To Reunite Border Families: 'We Owe It To Them'