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Felicia Persaud

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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.

What’s next for DACA and Dreamers amid Trump’s lies?

So Donald Trump lies! What else is new? Friday, March 23, 2018, the lies continued as Trump boldly looked into the cameras and claimed Democrats had abandoned some 800,000 beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aka, the Dreamers.

These startling figures on immigration scare racists

There is no denying that Donald Trump was elected largely by white men in rural areas of the country based largely on his anti-immigrant agenda and their psychological fear that their power base was slip-sliding away.

Here’s what you should know about that EB-1 Visa

A lot has been written since an article in The Washington Post last week revealed that Melania Trump, then Melania Knauss, immigrated to the U.S. on an EB-1 visa. T

Where are the ‘bad hombres?’

By the agency’s own count, 37,734 “non-criminal” arrests were made in the 2017 fiscal year, more than twice the number of the previous year.

The lies that blind some

Tuesday night, after enduring what was an aggravating and painful State of the Union address, I tuned in to Jimmy Kimmel, hoping to lighten my mood with his Stormy Daniels interview.

Donald Trump’s $30 billion ransom

To many Dreamers, whose lives are in limbo and who might be going through unimaginable stress at the thought of what March 5 will mean for them, the mention by Donald Trump of a path to citizenship for some 1.8 million might seem like a life line.

Haitians For Trump shamelessly defends Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment

The words smacked me in the face Friday morning as I looked on Twitter to see how in heavens name the group, Haitians For Trump, could possibly defend the reported comment from the president that their nation is a “shithole.”

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Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi must take a stance or get out of the way

It’s now weeks before DACA runs out on more than 800,000 Dreamers, who are not only students but also teachers, nurses, administrative workers and military officers—all paying taxes and contributing to the economy of these United States.

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New Year open letter to Donald Trump

I’m going to start the New Year by asking you a simple question in the words of famous Caribbean comedian Majah Hye: “Are you dumb?”

Immigrants beware this holiday—Trump’s ICE men are on the prowl

If you are an undocumented immigrant living in the U.S., be very careful—especially this holiday season.

Why Trump should listen to the Cleveland Federal Reserve president

It’s already another Thanksgiving, which ushers in another season of dreams, wishes and miracles.

10 things to know about Trump’s ICE Man

Here are 10 things you should know about Tom Homan, the “ICE Man”

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The latest target of the Trump wrecking ball: foreign-born military service members

The Donald Trump administration, not content it seems on ridding the country of the “bad hombres,” dreamers, TPS immigrant recipients, refugees and undocumented immigrants, has now turned its xenophobic wrecking ball on the foreign-born, green-card holding service members of the U.S. military.

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Can Hurricane Irma possibly help Haitians win a TPS extension?

In Washington Sept. 12, 2017, Haiti’s U.S. Ambassador Paul Altidor and Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) hosted a dinner with other Democrats to craft a new strategy aimed at convincing the White House to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.

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Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 8

This week, we conclude our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 8: Green card through registry.

Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 5

This week we continue our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 5: Green card as a human trafficking and crime victim.

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Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 4

This week we continue our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 4: Green card through refugee or asylee status.

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Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 3

This week we continue our series on getting a permanent residency or green card in Trump’s America with Option 3: Green card as a special immigrant.

Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 2

This week we continue our series on getting a permanent residency or green card in Trump’s America with Option 2: Green card through employment.

Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 1

Under the current Donald Trump administration, legal status or a green card for any immigrant has become a prized possession.

In face of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, one man sends powerful reminder

Unable to pass a repeal of Obamacare in the Senate because of a rift in their own caucus, the GOP and the Donald Trump administration have turned back to their favorite pasttime—scapegoating immigrants.

Modern-day slavery in US ICE detention centers?

Just when you thought being arrested and detained as an immigrant was bad enough, a new lawsuit sheds light on the nightmare that is the entire immigration detention system.

Thank God the congressional baseball shooter was not an immigrant or Muslim

My granny always told me to be grateful for small things.

ICE arrests get more bizarre

A random check of the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement site will show that Donald Trump’s ICE men and women are seemingly focused on rounding up those “bad hombres,” or criminal immigrants who have committed major crimes such as murders, rapes etc.—much like Trump and his White House minions claim.

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From the lotto and IRS scams to the US immigration scam—look out!

Just when you thought you had heard of all the scams you need to be wary of—from the Jamaica lotto scam to the IRS scam—along comes another!

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Will Trump extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians?

Mark July 22, 2017, on your calendar. It is the day the 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status granted to qualified Haitian immigrants under the Obama administration will end.

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