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Let's Talk! co-hosts Bel Hernandez, Dyana Ortelli, Marabina Jaimes and Kikey Castillo discusses Immigration Issues with special guest business & entertainment attorney James E. Blancarte

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Reply dyana ortelli
9:41 PM on May 26, 2011 
Hola Topgorgon! Nicaraguenses and Mexicans share issues important to all "Latinos" in America. Thank you so much for tuning into our show and sharing your feedback. Like you, we wish we had the resources to dedicate more time to issues that affect the Latino community and are still ignored by mainstream media. We're working hard to grow, produce more shows, secure more lucrative sponsors, and hopefully get picked up by a mainstream television network sometime in the near future. In the meantime, we are already on TV, thursday mornings at 7:30a.m. on KJLA. Stay tuned! Thank you!
Reply dyana ortelli
9:28 PM on May 26, 2011 
Topgorgon says...
Thanks for bringing up the subject. I just wish that this were a show that could allow you to have the full hour. Even a half hour of discussion would be great. You guys brought up a subject that should be discussed more in depth. I loved listening to Mr. Blancarte, he was engaging and informative. The subject of undocumented immigration is NEVER going to go away. Latinos are the target now because they are the demographic that is booming. Just like Mr. Blancarte mentioned Italians, Irish, Germans and Japanese were in their time. I just wish that it could be noted that THOSE were nationalities, THIS time around it's a WHOLE very varied culture comprised of MANY nationalities. Am Nicaraguan born, yet part of the misconceptions that go with immigration is nationality. I can't number the amount of times that I have been called Mexican both as an insult or simply made a given because am Latin.
Reply Topgorgon
8:08 PM on May 24, 2011 
Thanks for bringing up the subject. I just wish that this were a show that could allow you to have the full hour. Even a half hour of discussion would be great. You guys brought up a subject that should be discussed more in depth. I loved listening to Mr. Blancarte, he was engaging and informative. The subject of undocumented immigration is NEVER going to go away. Latinos are the target now because they are the demographic that is booming. Just like Mr. Blancarte mentioned Italians, Irish, Germans and Japanese were in their time. I just wish that it could be noted that THOSE were nationalities, THIS time around it's a WHOLE very varied culture comprised of MANY nationalities. Am Nicaraguan born, yet part of the misconceptions that go with immigration is nationality. I can't number the amount of times that I have been called Mexican both as an insult or simply made a given because am Latin.
Reply Ramon V. Parra
2:04 PM on March 9, 2011 
What a spirited debate on the issue of immigration. I especially enjoyed Marabina's comment about immigrants not paying taxes. My brother would have said the same thing. But I also liked the counter argument by Dyana that Immigrants do contribute to the American economy by the their purchasing power while improving the lives of other who chose to live in the U.S.A. Jim Blancate was exceptional and very informative to the issue. Overall, it was a good conciousness rising experience that reflects the issue of day by a group of passionate hosts that America as well other countries need to get to know!
Reply dyana ortelli
1:13 PM on January 4, 2011 
Thanks, Karen. After watching the HBO documentary on Ted Kennedy's relentless and futile work on behalf of immigration reform legislation ("The Senator's
Bargain"), I was disheartened and convinced that bi-partisan politics will make it almost impossible for the Dream Act and Immigration Reform to pass anytime soon. Very sad. Excellent documentary though.
Reply Karen
2:54 AM on January 4, 2011 
Bel and Dyana, look at this website from the US Census Bureau. It maps the ethnic makeup of every region in America. Just enter a zip code to see a particular region. There are definitely more Latinos in more parts of the country than I realized.

http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer?ref=nyregion
Reply Karen
2:47 AM on January 4, 2011 
They also contribute through their labor. For instance, their farm labor keeps our food affordable. If they weren't contributing to the ecoomy, the government wouldn't let them stay here. After all, the government let them immigrate here to begin with. That being said, I wish the government would fix this issue because I am tired of it being a wedge issue in every campaign.

For instance, the Dream Act failed by five votes, and five Democrats voted against it. They want to use this issue to manipulate Latino voters in 2012. If they coudn't pass the Dream Act or Immigration Reform with a Democratc majority, then it isn't going to pass. So when Obama pretends that he will pass the Dream Act this year, or next year, he is not being truthful.
Reply dyana ortelli
8:36 PM on January 1, 2011 
Hi, Karen! Thank you for your comment. Our co-host, Marabina Jaimes, absolutely shocked me when she (sincerely) stated that she did not want her taxes to pay for services for undocumented immigrants! She was dead serious, and, like you said, uninformed. I immediately challenged her position and countered with facts and figures. By the end of our discussion, and our conversation with Jim Blancarte, she became aware of the fact that undocumented immigrants not only pay taxes but contribute to the economy of this country. This is is exactly what we want Let's Talk to be -- a forum for the exchange of opinions on topics that are important to Latinos in America.
Needless to say, you have never heard and will probably never hear this discussion on "The View" or other mainstream t.v. shows. Somehow, they choose to continue to ignore the largest minority in America -- Latinos.
Reply [email protected]
2:22 PM on December 29, 2010 
whoops! Let me try this reply again.

I was writing that it is perceptive of you to say that we need to keep control. Doing the show on the web does give us that control. Although, we are actively seeking distribution on TV we will continue on the web as well.

We already have a local South East Texas TV station beginning to air us on January 1st, 2011.

As for your comment on of the "woman on the left" Mara, my take is that her initial gut feeling was this position, but then she back off because she didn't want to be labeled an Elisabeth Hasselbeck...which ended up happening anyway. That my take. Mara, any comment?
Reply [email protected]
2:18 PM on December 29, 2010 
Karen says...
I found out about this show on Alisa Valdes Rodriguez's Twitter page. I like it! I am so tired of us being erased from English language television. Keep broadcasting this show online and maintain creative control!

I couldn't tell if the woman on the left believes what she was saying, or if she was just posing for the sake of discussion the questions that many uninformed people have.
Reply Karen
3:14 AM on December 29, 2010 
I found out about this show on Alisa Valdes Rodriguez's Twitter page. I like it! I am so tired of us being erased from English language television. Keep broadcasting this show online and maintain creative control!

I couldn't tell if the woman on the left believes what she was saying, or if she was just posing for the sake of discussion the questions that many uninformed people have.

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