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Felicia Persaud

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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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The audacity of the Trump administration knows no bounds

On a day when millions paused to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Donald Trump chose to again use immigrants as pawns in his con-game to get funding for a wall of slats on the U.S. southern border.

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Here’s how the government shutdown is affecting the US immigration processing

Court appointments scheduled during the shutdown are now being “reset” to new dates in the future, per a notice from the Department of Justice dated Dec. 26, 2018.

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Five Trump immigration rule changes you might have missed

To say 2018 has been a tough year for immigrants in the U.S. and immigration as a whole is an understatement.

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No room at the inn when purported party values and politics collide

The Republican Party claims to be the party of Christian beliefs, in tune they say, with the Bible and exactly what the good book claims. But are they really?

Murderers have a right to counsel—but not immigrants

Here’s a shocking fact of U.S. immigration law that many might not know. Whereas even the most heinous murderer has a right to a court-appointed counsel in these United States, there’s no such right in immigration proceedings for immigrants, even if they are young children.

More than 14,000 immigrant children are still in U.S. detention

As the U.S. president dined in fine style at Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving Day with his family, and many others got to celebrate with family and friends across the country, little thought was spared for the thousands of immigrant children still in detention, courtesy of El Trumpeto and his merry band of fascists.

Here’s how this Caribbean immigrant would respond to Trump’s attack on the press

There is a lot I should be focused on this week on the immigration front. From the votes of more than 30 and 20 percent, respectively, of Latinos and Asians for the GOP in the recent election, to Donald Trump’s use of executive power to now deny asylum to all future migrants who enter the country illegally.

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Be fearful not of immigrants but of lying, racist, selfish politicians

By the time you read this column, the much-anticipated midterm elections will be over. But what will undoubtedly remain is the ever-growing divide in the nation, stoked by racism, xenophobia and nativist politics from the alt-right and its self-confessed nationalist-in-chief.

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All immigrants must vote as if our lives depend on it, because they do

Friday morning, Oct. 26, around 11:30 a.m., just as I settled in to write this column, I got a call from a friend in Washington, D.C., who said to turn on the TV because “your Florida neighborhood is in the news.”

Tax breaks can’t save Trump’s elephants, so he’s back to scapegoating immigrants

As most working people wait on their “$4,000 raise” that was touted by Donald Trump after his and his elephants’—aka the GOP’s—“bigly” tax break, most polls show the policy is now far from popular with most Americans of all parties and ethnicities.

All of the anger and rage must now be used to fuel a blue tsunami

Like millions across the country, I felt I, too, was the victim of a Devil’s Triangle Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, with the lifetime confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Here’s what you can do about that proposed ‘Public Charge’ immigration rule change

A lot has been said and written about that Department of Homeland Security rule change that would make it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they have received certain kinds of “public assistance.”

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What Kavanaugh’s confirmation could mean for immigrants

With the Trump administration’s laser focus on limiting all forms of immigration and boosting deportation, Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court could mean many immigration cases appearing before him could end up on the losing end of the spectrum and other challenged cases could be rolled back.

The ever-changing immigration rules in Trump’s America

In the now ever-changing world of immigration rules in Trump’s America, there is always something to look out for, and there’s a lot you can easily and quickly miss.

When an immigrant is murdered: Botham Shem Jean and Donald Trump’s double standard

By now many have heard the sad case of another Black man shot by a U.S. police officer, this time an upstanding legal Caribbean immigrant with a stellar future ahead of him and from an upstanding family.

It’s not about immigration, but about the color of immigrants

Fellow Leo, Chris Cuomo, spent two nights last week during his “Closing Argument” segment on “Cuomo Prime Time,” speaking to the strength of immigration and diversity in America and sharing his own family’s immigrant story.

Ivanka Trump’s comment shows hypocrisy can be hereditary

On a day when U.S. Justice Department lawyers had the audacity to put the responsibility of finding deported parents of the children who were snatched from their arms by border agents on the American Civil Liberties Union, Ivanka Trump sat down for an interview with Axios’ Mike Allen and proved, if nothing else, that hypocrisy can be inherited.

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Ten fast facts to note as Trump’s immigration war rages on

Here are 10 fast facts to note on the Trump administration's rapidly hot button issue.

Seeking U.S. asylum in 2018—A Brazilian immigrant’s story

May 28, 2018, a 35-year-old Brazilian mother and her son arrived at the U.S. southern border seeking asylum.

‘Tangerine Wankmaggot’ Trump shares xenophobia with Europe

While most in the Republican Party are silent as Donald Trump continues to make himself a big, fat global spectacle on the world stage, lost in the dissing of America’s allies and his love presser with Vladimir Putin, was his openly racist and xenophobic comments on immigration in Europe.

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Mike Pence’s dictatorial message to Central and Latin America

In case you missed it, while CNN and many other U.S. media houses were focused on the fact that only about half a dozen children in detention centers across the country as of Thursday, June 28, 2018, were reunited with their parents since the now famous Donald Trump policy walk-back, Mike Pence and his wife Karen were dispatched to Latin America with what can only be termed a dictatorial, strong-arm, condescending message.

Call them what they are: The Trump concentration camps of 2018

Welcome to Nazi Germany in the USA and the Trump concentration camps of 2018.

Immigrants,Depression and Suicide

June 9, 2018, days after the suicides of famous designer Kate Spade, and chef and travel show host Anthony Bourdain, it was reported that an immigrant attempting to cross the U.S. border and separated from his family had killed himself in a jail cell in Texas.

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

Since 2006, every U.S. president since George W. Bush has been declared June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month in the United States.

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What Donald Trump really deserves is the Xenophobe of the Year Prize

So much for all the talk about The Donald being eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize for simply getting a date to dialogue with North Korea’s dictator on his nuclear arms program.

Blame rising anti-immigrant environment in the US on the hater-in-chief

Rightfully so, many have protested Schlossberg, naming him and shaming him, getting him kicked out of his mid-town-office, holding a Latin party complete with mariachi band in front of his apartment building and now calling for his disbarment.

Although the U.S. warns against travel to Honduras, it wants to deport thousands back there

The widespread scapegoating and racism against immigrants of color under the Donald Trump administration continues unabated.

The irony of the US human rights report

Every year, without fail, the U.S. State Department issues a human rights report on nearly 200 countries and territories globally. T

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Is Donald Trump running the US, or Fox and the base?

In the past few months, El Trumpeto has gone from insisting that he wants a deal on immigration and DACA to saying no DACA deal whatsoever...

Immigrant groups must sue to ensure the citizenship question is dropped from the next census

It is a known fact that a major concern in every decennial census is getting immigrants and populations of color across the U.S.

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