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Felicia Persaud

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Could America’s greatest undocumented immigrant save us from Trump rule?

Those proactively seeking ways to stop Donald Trump from officially becoming president of the United States in January have turned to a decree written by a man who is undoubtedly America’s greatest undocumented immigrant.

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Show real leadership, Donald Trump—the hate and fear is real

For those, including Donald Trump, who believe the fear rising in Black and Brown America is unjustified—think again!

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As an immigrant woman, I now have tremendous trepidation about staying in America

As an immigrant woman who has lived in America for the past 20 years, the fear and trepidation I have felt throughout this election at the thought of Donald Drumph—I mean Trump—becoming president, became a harsh reality for me Nov. 9.

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Let’s face it—The anti-immigration rhetoric is not only about illegal immigrants

By the time this column is published, U.S. voters would have chosen the next president of the United States.

Immigrants concerned about safety in America must choose ‘her’

With just days now before Election Day 2016, Nov. 8, it has become crystal clear to me as an immigrant and a naturalized U.S. citizen and voter that the choice in this election is not only about the candidate who is best able to serve as a president for all the people right now, but also about the candidate who can assure that I can safely continue to live in this country.

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A chat with one of Trump’s ‘deplorables’

Last Friday, I had a surprise run-in with someone who can be categorized as one of Donald Trump’s ‘deplorables.’

More Americans likely care more about sexual assault than illegal immigrants

In light of Donald Trump’s hot mic debacle, aka “Pussygate,” the spotlight has been put squarely —as it should—on the issue of sexual assault and misogyny.

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There’s still time to register to vote

This election is possibly the most critical election of most of our lifetimes. Any immigrant not voting, or missing this opportunity to vote, could mean handing a tax cheat, a sexist pig, a demagogue, a xenophobe and an ignoramus the chance to set this country back decades.

How any immigrant or person of color can support Trump is beyond comprehension!

In the days leading up to the U.S. presidential debate of Sept. 26, 2016, I was left speechless by the announcement from a group of Black Haitian immigrants in Miami, and later Jamaican reggae singer Etana, that they were voting for the racist xenophobe who has sadly emerged as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential contender.

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New immigration option opens up for foreign-born entrepreneurs

For once there is some good news to report on the immigration front—an option that could help, not harm immigrants, especially those with the entrepreneurial spirit.

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When Trump’s stereotyping actually is practiced by US immigration

Although many—myself included—frown, chastise, deride and scoff at the stereotyping and bigotry being spewed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump towards Muslims and immigrants, the harsh reality is that stereotyping by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents is happening daily at our borders.

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We must all stand up for Khizr Khan by responding to his call to vote

In the days since Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, stood up and bravely called out Donald Trump for his racism, narcissism and bigotry, Trump and the right wing have come out in shameful attack mode against this patriotic immigrant, Muslim and American.

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Trump, not Spanish-language media, made it about immigration

At a time when the entire United States is looking on at the clear lack of diversity in the Republican Party—not even the handful of Blacks and Latinos brought out to save face at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, could help—the conservative Washington Times has decided to attack Spanish-language media.

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What immigrant voters should know about Mike Pence

Just when you thought Team Donald Trump could not be more divisive, along comes the announcement of ultra-conservative Christian Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as the vice presidential running mate.

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US immigration fees could go up by the fall

Get those citizenship applications in now if you qualify, or get ready to shell out more in fees to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services. Fees for more than three dozen immigration applications are set to go up again by this fall. The Department of Homeland Security recently closed its comment period on the proposed fee changes.

Thousands take oath of citizenship ensuring they can vote in November

On July 4, as the United States marked its 240th birthday—the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776—the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services celebrated thousands of new citizens all across the country.

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The SCOTUS immigration ruling is the final nail in the coffin of the GOP

I must confess that I was brought to tears by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on immigration June 23, 2016.

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Let’s call it what it was—an American turned immigrant killer

In the days since June 12, 2016, a lot has been said of the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

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Caribbean immigrant contributions to US should not be underestimated

This June marks the 10th anniversary of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States.

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How the Obama administration could screw Democrats’ chances in November

During his run for the office of president in 2008, Barack Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform and immigrants responded in droves. At the time of his victory, Democrats controlled Congress—both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Sad state of our union

A new study has found that immigrant children living in the U.S., who are undocumented or without legal status, have been blocked from registering for school and accessing the educational services.

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15 funny responses to Trump’s ridiculous stance on immigration and Muslims

Social media and top comedians chime in with fifteen hilarious responses to the outrageous statements made by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

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POTUS blows off immigration reform in final SOTU

As the Obama administration ramped up immigration raids across the country, rounding up Central American immigrants who have failed to qualify for asylum, the president used his final State of the Union to skip his usual immigration reform push altogether.

How the GOP Grinch stole Christmas

Ah, Christmas! A time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, exchange gifts, look back at your achievements over the year and, if you are a Catholic like me and millions of Caribbean and Latino immigrants, celebrate another birthday of sweet baby Jesus after four weeks of Advent.

Even Rick Lazio gets it!

I’ve never been a fan of Rick Lazio so for him to actually make sense to me last week was a shocker.

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Could the Supreme Court hand President Obama a final win?

The U.S. Supreme Court has in the past two years handed President Barack Obama his biggest wins on one of the most controversial policies during his tenure as president—the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

The problem with Sanders’ immigration plan

Let’s face it, Sen. Bernie Sanders is saying all the right things and pushing extremely hard to get the “minority” vote.

Another blow to young undocumented immigrants

An attempt by the president in November 2014 to expand DACA remains blocked by a court too caught up in politics.

How immigrant voters can guarantee comprehensive immigration reform

New American voters must combine forces with African-Americans to ensure that the GOP not only loses the White House again but also loses the Congress.

As a son of immigrants rises, immigration takes a backseat

A new poll shows that Cuban-American Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has tripled his support since September.

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Donald Trump’s rhetoric incites racism

Donald Trump has shown no sign of toning down his anti-immigrant rhetoric, and now his take-no-prisoners attitude is inciting hate and racism, as evidenced again in Virginia last week.

Will Pope Francis soften any hearts on immigration?

Pope Mania is over now that the Holy Father is back in Rome, leaving many wondering whether his remarks on immigration, made to the U.S. Congress last week, managed to soften any hearts.

The changing face of America

The rise of immigrants in Silicon Valley

Just in case it was previously unclear, the browning of America is proceeding at a rapid rate. Nowhere is it more obvious than Silicon Valley, where the rise of immigrants continues.

First GOP debate shows party is on fast track to Lose-ville

Loseville, USA! That’s exactly where the robotic bunch of GOP presidential hopefuls is heading—and fast.

The reality of no illegal immigration

Donald Trump’s platform for president of the United States seems to be to throw gasoline on the fire of issues that stir the growing band of right-wingers, afraid of the increased darkening of America, into an anti-immigrant rage.

Immigrant killers versus police killings of Blacks

During an obviously politically motivated hearing on July 21 by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims,” Jim Steinle, whose daughter was recently killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco, testified.

Terror has many faces, and they’re not all immigrant

In the days after the Chattanooga, Tenn., killing of four U.S. marines by Muslim immigrant Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the right is more frenzied, with calls for an end to not just immigration but to “Muslim immigration” to the U.S.

The continual scapegoating of immigrants

Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, the controversial Confederate flag located on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol was taken down after a 54-year run.

What July 4 means to me as an immigrant

This July 4 marked only my second year as a naturalized citizen of the United States.

The SCOTUS ruling and immigration law

The historic Supreme Court ruling Friday, June 26 in the case of Jim Obergefell, which gives same-sex couples the right to marry in any U.S. state and established that they have the same rights as heterosexuals, now puts the spotlight again on the immigration rights of same-sex couples.

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The hypocrisy of the right

Now that the U.S. federal court has halted the president’s immigration executive orders and the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill with an immigration component has died in the Congress, it looks bleak again for immigration reform.

It’s a month to celebrate Caribbean immigrants, but who really cares?

It’s officially National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 30 days that are supposed to be about celebrating the contribution of Caribbean and West Indian immigrants in these United States.

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The other immigrant swing voters

Time and again, when we hear of immigrant voters or the swing voting bloc it is always assumed they are Hispanic. But often ignored in the mix is the Asian voting bloc, which, like the Caribbean bloc, gets overlooked and taken for granted almost all the time.

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Here’s another reason why the GOP will lose big in 2016

Insanity is defined as “extreme foolishness” or “irrationality” as well as “idiocy, stupidity or lunacy.” These are just some synonyms that can be used to define the actions of Republicans in the fight for the White House come 2016.

What Hillary Clinton needs to do to win the presidency

Like her or hate her, Hillary Clinton has made it clear she is going to fight like Ali to be the first female president of the United States.

The stricter the government, the wiser its population

As Justice Department lawyers Friday, April 17 urged the federal appeals court in New Orleans to let President Barack Obama’s November 2014 executive action on immigration immediately move forward, despite a legal challenge by 26 red states, my aunt called to tell me about the marriage of a 50-year-old immigrant caregiver to her 99-year-old employer.

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Obama tackled on immigration at Jamaica town hall

s President Barack Obama met with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday, April 9, here in the U.S. Diaspora, I hoped that at least CARICOM leaders would have the good sense to raise the issue of immigration with the president, especially because Caribbean-American Rep.

What in the world is Cuomo thinking?

So much for New York being one of only a few states in the union to allow high school graduates who are undocumented immigrants to apply for state financial aid for college.

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Chris Christie’s big fat mistake

It must be something in the Kool-Aid Republicans or, in this case, Republican presidential hopefuls—slurp!

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The GOP’s demographic reality according to Ayres

I did not need to write a book about it, but I’ve said it about a hundred times in this column and on radio on WLIB’s “GBE Mindflight” with Imhotep Gary Byrd over the course of this past two years or more. Now veteran GOP pollster Whit Ayres is saying exactly this, but in an entire book.

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