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Felicia Persaud

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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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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.

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