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Felicia Persaud

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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.’

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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