NBC Comedy Superstore Features First Undocumented Asian Character

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Season 2 of Superstore revealed that the character “Mateo” is an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines, the first network TV sitcom character to be Asian and undocumented.

According to Define America NBC broke some serious ground on the premiere of season 2 of the sitcom, “Superstore.” Mateo, a gay character from the Philippines, discovers that he is an undocumented immigrant. The episode titled “Olympics,” had 10.9 million viewers, and depicted a series of storylines that were related to the Olympic games. The episode begins when Glenn, a manager of a big box store, gives Mateo a hard time about his Philippines lapel pin, suggesting that he should be loyal to the United States during the Olympic games.

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It’s Children Against Federal Lawyers in Immigration Court

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A 15-year-old boy who fled El Salvador for the United States and now lives with his uncle in Tuscon. Credit Caitlin O’Hara for The New York Times

Fernanda Santos of the New York Times writes:

“Every week in immigration courts around the country, thousands of children act as their own lawyers, pleading for asylum or other type of relief in a legal system they do not understand.

Suspected killers, kidnappers and others facing federal felony charges, no matter their ages, are entitled to court-appointed lawyers if they cannot afford them. But children accused of violating immigration laws, a civil offense, do not have the same right. In immigration court, people face charges from the government, but the government has no obligation to provide lawyers for poor children and adults, as it does in criminal cases, legal experts say.

Having a lawyer makes a difference. Between October 2004 and June of this year, more than half the children who did not have lawyers were deported. Only one in 10 children who had legal representation were sent back, according to federal data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research group connected to Syracuse University.”

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