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Felicia Persaud

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Smoke and mirrors and the Trump White House

“Smoke and mirrors” is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “Something that is intended to make you believe that something is being done or is true, when it is not.”

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In the midst of darkness, a sliver of light for undocumented immigrants

This past week, some Americans began receiving the small but welcome $1,200 personal “bailout” from the U.S. government as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Immigrants are dying for the US on the frontlines of this new war—but who cares?

On the strangest Good Friday in my lifetime, with no actual church to attend, I felt moved by the spirit to listen to Bob Marley’s “War” again, after the lyrics popped into my head.

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Amid the grim news, some Caribbean immigrants turn on the wit

This past week was very hard as I grappled to cope with the new COVID-19 reality.

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Ten things to know about the government’s COVID-19 immigration actions to date

The Trump administration has announced several immigration actions as the country copes

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Denaturalization––another reason Donald Trump should not be re-elected

To all the naturalized immigrant citizens who think they are safe from the grasp of the most xenophobic president in modern day America, think again.

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Trump’s bashing ‘Parasite’ fits into the white nationalist agenda

If there is any doubt of this administration’s plan to fulfill its white nationalist agenda and Make America White Again, (MAWA), just read what White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney reportedly told a group in England.

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Immigrants have until Feb. 24 to avoid the public charge rule change

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the Donald Trump administration is set to begin implementing its public charge rule against immigrants following its Jan. 27 U.S. Supreme Court political win that lifted the nationwide temporary injunction.

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Trump travel ban on African countries is another push to make America white again

On January 31, 2020––the same day the Trump administration issued a proclamation on National African American History Month 2020, which partly stated: “our great Nation is strengthened and enriched by citizens of every race, religion, color, and creed”––the administration also brazenly issued a travel ban on various nationals from several African and predominantly Muslim countries.

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Black History Month ‘American Descendants of Slavery’ should be ashamed of themselves

As we celebrate another Black History Month, it’s unfortunate that the group American Descendants of Slavery, or #ADOS as it’s being referred to on social media, has seen it fit to push a campaign that is nothing but a divide-and-rule tactic that many in Trump land are quietly cheering on.

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If you are pregnant and coming to the U.S. to give birth, fuhgeddaboudit

Not a week goes by without some rule change being put in place to stymie immigration, both at the U.S. State Department and by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and this past week the administration decided it was time to move on from caging and kidnapping immigrant children to now stopping pregnant women from coming here.

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Here’s where the top 2020 candidates stand on the U.S.’s 11+ million undocumented immigrants

The countdown is on to the first Democratic Primary in Iowa next month, with 13 active major candidates competing for a shot at being the Democratic Party presidential candidate this November.

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Census 2020, immigrants and that media buy

It’s 2020––another new decade and already the time for another Census count. The 2020 Census comes on the heels of newly released Census Bureau estimates that the U.S. recorded its lowest annual growth rate since 1918, growing by a mere 0.48%.

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The immigrant heroes of 2019

At the end of every year, many publications, including Time magazine, often look back on the year to name a Person Of The Year.

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Another lump of coal this Christmas for immigrants

Another lump of coal! That’s all immigrants are getting again this Christmas from Trump & Co., aka The President and his personal attorney, also known as the Attorney General of the USA, Bill Barr.

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Over 267,000 immigrants deported from the U.S. in 2019

A whopping 267,258 immigrants were deported from the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2019 according to the latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fiscal Year 2019 Enforcement and Removal Operations data released last week.

The DHS, fake universities and the Obama administration

This sting operation that engaged in entrapment, deceit and eventual “robbery” of foreign-born immigrant students started way before Donald Trump’s time as president.

The DHS, fake universities and the Obama administration

Like many, I too was furious last week when I read the Detroit Free Press story that stated that U.S. ICE had arrested over 250 immigrant students since January,

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The real ‘High Crimes And Misdemeanors’ Donald Trump should be impeached for

While Democrats are hard at work trying to cull enough evidence to possibly impeach Donald Trump on that now infamous Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ event...

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African and Caribbean migrants at the U.S. southern border

Often, when one thinks of migrants trying to enter the U.S. through its Southern border with Mexico, the perception is often that those immigrants are largely from Mexico and Central America, especially nations like Honduras and Guatemala.

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In a space of 14 days, two immigrants in U.S. ICE custody are dead

The new fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2019, but in a matter of 14 days, two immigrants in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) have died.

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500 ICED in five days

While many have been distracted by the whistleblower’s complaint; Donald Trump’s foot in mouth disease over that Ukraine call; the Democratic congress’ push for an impeachment inquiry and all the latest drama in this bad soap opera we are trapped in, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has been quietly and wildly ramping up its enforcement actions.

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10 immigration headlines you may have missed while blinking

There is just so much happening on the immigration front under this draconian administration and its cohorts in the Senate weekly that it feels like you miss a lot with just a blink.

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Amid the devastation in Abaco, Bahamas, the conversation turns to ‘Illegal Immigration’

It’s hard for many to imagine that illegal immigration is also a problem for some Caribbean nations, including the hurricane devastated northwestern Bahamas.

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8 immigration news headlines you may have missed in a week

There’s no denying that when it comes to immigration under the Trump administration, the news cycle is moving at a fast and furious pace.

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What every immigrant should know about Trump’s public charge rule

Donald Trump’s Public Charge policy, the latest white nationalist move to turn the U.S. into a gated country welcoming only wealthy and white immigrants in the ‘Make America white Again’ agenda.

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10 key facts about America’s growing immigrant population that drives white supremacists batty

While many around the world are still reeling from the fact that a young white man, fueled by hate propagated by White Supremacists and the xenophobic rhetoric of the president of the United States drove hundreds of miles to the border town of El Paso to massacre 22 Latinos...

Would Trump and his cronies qualify for U.S. citizenship through naturalization?

One of the major points that struck me as I caught some of the Robert Mueller testimony on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, was the number of lies that the special prosecutor said were either told to him or proven to be lies.

Native Americans, please tell Donald Trump and his merry band of racists to go back where they came from Dear Native American brothers and sisters—and especially Congressmembers Sharice Davids and Deb

Your voices have been Missing In Action this past week in the continued racialization of politics in these United States by the 45th POTUS

Where are the tens of thousands of bad hombres, U.S. ICE?

At least seven days before Sunday, July 14—the promoted start of Donald Trump’s newly touted ICE raids—the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced it had arrested 20 “criminal” and immigration violators during a five-day enforcement surge in San Diego, California.

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The private companies reaping millions from running ICE detention pens

On Friday morning, July 5, #TrumpHasKidsInCages began trending on Twitter.

The private companies reaping millions from running ICE detention pens

On Friday morning, July 5, #TrumpHasKidsInCages began trending on Twitter

Those ICE raids and what affected immigrants can do

Despite being called off by Donald Trump for now, fear remains in the immigrant community as agents from the administration’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Border Enforcement agency could begin raids in 10 cities on the homes of immigrants with court-ordered removals in less than two weeks.

The purposeful delay of immigration benefits?

In January 2019, Jamila moved to the U.S. from Jamaica to join her U.S. citizen spouse in Florida

D-Day and a fourth Reich?

The headline from an editorial in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. was the best description anywhere of the so-called state visit by the U.S. president.

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What about the life of the immigrant child—outside of the womb?

In an effort to prove just how “Christian” they are, Bible touting right wingers who adopt and quote scripture when it is convenient to their agenda, are now on a mad push to prove just how far they are willing to go to protect a “life.”

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As Trumpism reigns, the only balm for many immigrants is the court

It’s unfortunate but somewhat reassuring that the only real balm most immigrants have found as they fight against the dictator in the White House flying the fake flag of democracy is in the courts.

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When the threat comes from within, what can immigrants do?

In the current atmosphere of fear amid rising roundups and deportations of immigrants, it is most reprehensible to see the threat against undocumented immigrants being perpetrated from some within their own communities.

The U.S.’ immigration laws of inequality

The hypocrisy and inequality of America’s immigration law was recently highlighted in an opinion piece by Kriston Capps in The New York Times.

Donald Trump and the ‘Eediat Bwoy’ syndrome

After a week that has left many shaking their heads in disbelief at the lunacy being spewed by the president of the purported greatest country in the world, the dialogue has again shifted to the mental competency of the so-called leader of the free world.

That Fox News howler and the dumbing of America

On Saturday, March 30, the U.S. State Department announced that the Trump administration was cutting off aid to what is referred to as the “Northern Triangle,” or the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

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Trump has emboldened white supremacists to see immigrants as the new threat

On Monday morning, March 18, Donald Trump, indulged in his favorite “executive” pastime. He took to Twitter to castigate “the Fake News Media” for “working overtime to blame [him] for the horrible attack in New Zealand.”

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Dems have the chance to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill—but will they?

Many Democratic candidates, who won election in November to help the Party take back the House, ran on the hot button issue of immigration reform.

Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s TPS extension

The Donald Trump administration has begrudgingly announced that it will be extending the Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

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‘Green Book’ critics fail to comprehend greater significance of Dr. Don Shirley’s story

There has been a lot more criticism since Sunday night of “Green Book,” the movie, especially after it beat out favorites to win the Best Picture award at the 91st Oscars.

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How will 21 Savage use his new reality?

Rapper 21 Savage is now living a new reality, one that he buried for most of his 26 years and largely pretended did not exist.

21 Savage, the music industry and immigration

For years, top awards like the Oscars and the Grammys were viewed as platforms seized by celebrities to speak up and speak out about injustices, human rights violations and the social issues of the day.

Black History Month: Five facts about Black foreign-born immigrants in the United States

Happy Black History Month! Seems rarer and rarer these days to see an ad on television or anywhere that says that yet around 12-14 percent of the U.S. population is considered to be Black or African-American.

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Ten reasons why $5 billion cannot build a wall on the US southern border

Donald Trump is lying again—bigly—and the American people, especially more than 800,000 federal workers, contractors and their families, paid the price.

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