“Immigration 101,” is available to viewers starting today online at kcet.org/immigration and linktv.org/immigration as well as on KCET’s YouTube and social media platforms.

Burbank, Calif. – June 19, 2018 – KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, announced today the online launch of “Immigration 101,” a key initiative designed to help viewers better understand the sometimes complex and ever-changing issues involving immigration in the US.

SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET’s award-winning weekly half-hour local news series, produces the series of short one to two-minute videos, hosted by two-time Emmy® Award-winning reporter/anchor for KTLA Elizabeth Espinosa.  Seven videos in total (in both English and Spanish) will roll out through the end of July utilizing fun graphics and conversational language to explain the basics of immigration history, law and policy.

“Immigration 101,” is available to viewers starting today online at kcet.org/immigration and linktv.org/immigration as well as on KCET’s YouTube and social media platforms.

Among the topics explained:

 

- Key immigration laws that have changed America over time

- Sanctuary cities defined

- Refugees, asylum seekers immigrants, migrants: what’s the difference?

- The facts behind immigrant labor

- Immigration enforcement by the numbers

- The diversity factor: What will America look like in future decades?

 

Additional information will be included in online articles written by La Opinion’s senior immigration journalist and author Pilar Marrero, who was also a consultant on the series. Pilar Marrero is a journalist who for 25 years has extensively covered the areas of city government, immigration and state and national politics.

She works for La Opinion, the largest and oldest Spanish language daily paper in America. She’s a senior reporter on immigration and politics as well as a regular commentator for radio and television in both Spanish and English media. Her work has won awards and fellowships from New America Media, the New School and the International Center for Journalists for her coverage of the issues and challenges of the Latino community.

She’s the author of “El Despertar del Sueño Americano” published by Penguin Books. The English version of the book "Killing the American Dream," is published by Palgrave McMillan.

Also featured: A multimedia project by SOCAL CONNECTED producer Lata Pandya, who explores the struggles of LA’s asylum seekers and profiles the counselors and lawyers who are trying to help them get out of legal limbo.

Elizabeth Espinosa is an Emmy® award winning television and radio host.  Currently, Elizabeth is a reporter/anchor with the award winning KTLA 5 News station in Los Angeles covering assignments for the morning and evening broadcasts.  Additionally, Elizabeth hosts her own iHeart Radio talk radio show, “Sunday with Elizabeth Espinosa” 5-6am on KFI-AM 640.  Elizabeth was also the host of “Studio SoCal”, a weekly public affairs television talk show on PBS SoCal that tackled current events and provided in-depth analysis.  Elizabeth, is also a familiar face to local news where she made her mark at Univision’s K-MEX 34, and KTTV-FOX 11 “Good Day L.A.”

Join the conversation on social media by using #Immigration101 

*KCET is expected to merge with PBS SoCal, subject to regulatory approvals, by mid-2018.

ABOUT SOCAL CONNECTED

SOCAL CONNECTED, winner of a George Foster Peabody®, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards, 27 Emmy® Awards, 22 Golden Mikes, 51 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, as well as four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Award, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit http://www.socalconnected.org. SOCAL CONNECTED is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation.

ABOUT KCETLINK MEDIA GROUP

KCETLink Media Group is an award-winning national independent, nonprofit, digital, and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining, and transformative ways. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink is financially strong with $51 million in endowments that include a board-directed endowment funded by $65 million in proceeds from participation in the FCC Spectrum auction, and two additional endowments funded by recent gifts. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens seldom available in conventional American media. In 2017, KCET launched 140 hours of original programming and experienced 25% higher viewership over the previous year. KCETLink content is distributed nationally on Link TV via satellite on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through digital delivery systems including Apple TV, Amazon, and Roku. For more information please visit http://www.kcet.org/apps and https://www.linktv.org/about/apps. Total video views across KCETLink’s own websites and OTT platforms grew 94% in 2017 over 2016.  For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.