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Felicia Persaud

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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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Caribbean leaders brown-nose while Latin American leaders slam Trump

The disparity has always been huge in how Latin American leaders stand up for their diaspora versus their Caribbean counterparts. It’s almost like Jesus and the moneychangers.

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Trump administration looks to remove ‘bad hombres’ faster

Governments, especially those in Latin America and the Caribbean, had better quickly put in place systems to deal with more criminal deportees from the U.S.

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Can U.S. Customs really demand and search your phone, other devices?

For those who feel not being an undocumented immigrant or a green card holder leaves them safe as a U.S. citizen from Donald Trump’s executive powers handed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents—think again!

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Screw the poor—One border wall coming up

Growing up in the Caribbean, it was not uncommon for me to hear elders say, “If you can’t hear you will feel” or “Hard ears you won’t hear; hard ears you must feel.”

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Trump has emboldened ICE agents at all borders to terrorize us all

John Dalberg-Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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The hypocrisy of Trump and his merry pack of conservatives knows no bounds

Feb. 22, 2017, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, two Indian immigrants enjoying an after-work whiskey at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kan., were shot—one dead—by Adam W. Purinton, a white man who hurled ethnic slurs at them and suggested they did not belong in the United States.

Donald Trump, talk to El Chapo before building your great border wall

In Donald Trump’s universe, aka his mind, there is no doubt that his “Great Border Wall” will keep out all “bad hombres” from the U.S.—at least at the southern border.

The raids, deportation and profiling begin in Trump America

Feb. 9, 2017, a 36-year-old woman became the first known immigrant to be detained and deported by the Donald Trump administration.

Immigrants, know your rights!

Fear and concern are palpable in the immigrant community and rightfully so.

A day without immigrants

The thing we feared has come upon us!

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The soap opera of El Trumpeto begins

Long before John Lewis and 60-plus Democratic lawmakers decided they would not attend the inauguration of El Trumpeto as president of the United States, I had decided there was no way I would watch the launch of the country’s biggest soap opera, the new D.C. Reality TV show!

Be afraid, be very afraid: The Trump immigration rhetoric is about to become reality

In a matter of days, the administration of El Trumpeto will become the dreaded reality for many Americans.

Immigrants, get ready to shell out more in citizenship application fees

It’s just gotten more expensive to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Happy New Year immigrants!

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Open letter to Donald Trump from an immigrant

Immigration columnist Felicia Persaud pens an open letter to Donald Trump.

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The con game continues in the soap opera of El Trumpeto

The word “con” in the dictionary is defined as “persuade(ing) (someone) to do or believe something, typically by use of a deception” or “an instance of deceiving or tricking someone.”

Its time Trump anti-immigration hardliners really listen to ‘We the People’

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been called a lot of things, including racist and anti-immigrant.

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.’

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