“When you are in the Hispanic market, you realize that immigration and legal status is the number one issue,” said Lenard Liberman, executive VP of Liberman Broadcasting. “They want to be able to earn a living and not have the pressure of wondering if they are able to stay or not.”
“We could do a show and give the winner a cash prize, or a toaster oven. But I thought, what would be the ultimate prize for someone living in the United States as an immigrant? To have a prestigious law firm handle their case would be something invaluable,” he said. “The response has been outstanding. We have a waiting list. We get letters in the mail, hundreds if not thousands of phone calls, and had people flying in from places like Chicago who want to be in the show,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment on the premise of a television show, except to say that they are holding out false hope to people,” said Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, adding that it “sounds very much like exploitation.”