Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One
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Josh commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 03.30.12
Hearing you talk about illegal immigrants like they are legal immigrants turns my stomach. And I find your journalistic professionalism pretty wanting. You tell of the plight of people who enter illegally, have kids, then complain that they will be separated if the parents are deported. What do they expect will happen? If they dont want to be separated, they should be here, AND BE ABLE TO STAY LEGALLY. THEN have kids in the U.S. But you say they come to escape the violence in Mexico?? Well, ALL of Mexico is not violent. There are other options WITHIN Mexico. The U.S. is NOT their only option certainly not entering illegally isnt their only option. Many people are waiting to enter the U.S. legally. Do you really still think "sad, shortsighted illegals" should stay?
ERIC commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 01.29.12
I am so tired of hearing about the problems illegals face while in the U.S. If they knew how to obey the law, there would not be any problem. No other country would ever allow illegals to dictate what their rights would be. Dont believe me? One just has to look at Marias beloved Mexico, a place I lived for almost two years. The first thing my Mexican boss did after my arrival was to send me to a Mexican immigration office so that would be informed about its immigration laws. I was informed that I had to carry my passport and visa with me 24 hours a day. I also had to have several copies of each document in case my passport was stolen. I was also warned that I would face a mandatory twoyear sentence in prison and deportation for not carrying these documents. All cops in Mexico have the right to demand to see all documents at anytime or for any reason. Finally, I was also notified that foreiners are not allowed to participate in protests or marches. To do so would mean a felony charge, jail time and deportation. Deportation in the Mexican Rupublic is for life and anyone caught in country after being deported faces a mandatory 10 years in prison without the right to plead my case to stay. Moreover, everything is done in Spanish only, no translations are done. One cannot even get a drivers license without speaking Spanish. No exceptions. Maybe Maria should be more thankful to this country and help spread the word that no other nation in the world allows in more legal immigrants each year than the U.S. Last year the number was more than 4 million and 40 percent of those were Latinos. 4 million is more than the rest of the world combined. There are also more than 15 different government programs for poor people to get a visa to come to this country. Most, however, do not want to do this because they would have to pay the taxes on the money earned.
John commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 01.28.12
I had never heard of Bobby Sanabria until tonight. I learned of Marias interview tonight with Bobby simply via the TV Guide. Ill never be the same. MegaKudos, you two!
c commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 11.25.11
I find that PBS is more and more providing programming which is racist in nature. Maria Hinojosas One On One is one example. She proclaims her love for providing interesting Interviews, but I have never seen a Caucasian interviewed on One On One. All the while, they are glorifying illegal aliens and their "rights" to stay in the United States based on Humanitarian reasons. Another example of PBS racism was on one program today where a Alfred Hinojosa related to Maria Honojosa? was interviewed. He was an illegal alien who went to Harvard and then to Medical school. He said he felt bad when he was accused of "taking someones rightful place at those institutions. Well, the fact is, he DID take someones place and prevented that legal citizen of the United States from achieving what was rightfully theirs. I am sick and tired of the political correctness destroying the U.S. that illegal aliens are simply "undocumented workers who are needed in the U.S." As far as Dr. Alfred Hinojosa brain surgeon, I wonder, now that he has obtained his education at the expense of U.S. Citizens, will he now go back to Mexico and help his people? I doubt it. Illegal aliens are not about "seeking a rightful place for a better life." Illegal aliens simply want access to moneyand they are more than willing to break U.S. laws to get it.
Maria commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 10.18.11
I have lost a great amount of respect for one of my favorite PBS programs, FRONTLINE. Maria Hinojosa has zero credibility as an unbiased investigator and was a poor choice for the immigration topic. Maria please lose the puzzled look that the U.S. has begun to enforce its immigration LAWS. Personally I believe illegals are now experiencing the backlash they created and deserve from their protests and arrogance. I actually gained a little respect for Obama due to your program which surely wasnt Marias agenda. Maria... your time would be better spent south of the border documenting Mexicos immigration policy. Lets compare which country has the more tolerant stance on trespass. Hopefully this episode will further spread the word that Americans have had enough of the nonsense.
jack commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 10.08.11
its actually comical the way you refer to your statistics, you call them undocumented or unregistered. lets call them what they are ILLEGAL! also you dont mention the percentage of "latinos" that are here for criminal enterprise or who have committed crimes who shouldnt be here in the first place. also why dont mention how many chicanos are here on our government support in which never they have payed into??? would love to hear your response...but i wont hold my breath
Lisa commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 08.06.11
Latins in foster care? How about kids in foster care. I am a white women raised in foster care. It is more than just latins and blacks. If it is so bad, go back to where you are from. I am tired of paying for you people anyway. Latins...whatever.
Emma commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 07.30.11
Although I came across your show after it had started, seldom has anything Ive heard on TV made me so angry. There was a man named Mark from the Southern Poverty Law Center who was spouting idiotic rhetoric about hate crimes but who in fact was preaching hate and intolerance himself based on complete nonsense. There is no need to regurgitate the absolute foolishness of what he had to say but I will promise you this. While I am rather apolitical by nature, if this is the kind of propaganda being passed to our children, I will fight him and his kind in every way I can. Thank you for waking me up to the fact that such people and organizations such as his exist.
Randy commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 06.07.11
And apparently, brain surgeons make $800,000 a year and more, not just a measly $100 to $200,000 a year. Why return to Mexico to try and effect change when you can stay here and be a millionaire? No one in Mexico could afford his services except the wealthy and well connected anyway. Who cares about the poor Mexican with a brain tumor or brain cancer, who probably will not ever see a doctor anyway. "Dr. Q" does not have a worldview that is relevant – his worldview only encompasses his very narrow parameter of how much money he can make in the US and the hell with the political and economic situation he left behind. A great example to hold up to others. “Dr. Q” has a great personality and a great camera presence, and does a very good job of selling himself and his Horatio Alger rags to riches story. Is this really relevant? His statement that he feels he owes this country is disingenuous, and more selfserving than anything else, and makes for great PR. Why does he not feel he owes his native country something? By helping his native country overcome the political and economic situation he would be doing more good for this country than staying here and becoming a millionaire.
Randy commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 06.06.11
I notice the comments dont allow the use of hyphens or apostrophe marks. My comments about the salary of Dr. Hinojosa should read "between $100 and $200,000" other inconsistencies in English use should be clear.
Randy commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 06.06.11
After watching your program on Dr. Alfredo QuinonesHinojosa I am left with several troubling thoughts on so many different levels, which I will try to outline. First, during the entire program, you referred to Dr. Hinojosa as an "undocumented immigrant" numerous times, which everyone knows is simply a euphemism for "illegal immigrant". Why is it so hard for you to call someone an illegal immigrant? Not once during the program did I hear you use this term. Second, if Dr. Hinojosa was intelligent enough to get into UC Berkeley and Harvard, why didnt he enter the US on a student visa instead of sneaking into the country as a common criminal, which is what an illegal immigrant is, a criminal. Thirdly, after getting his first class education, at whose expense I might ask, why did he choose to stay in the US? Does the US have a shortage of brain surgeons as opposed to, oh I dont know, Mexico maybe? Doesnt he think his fellow countrymen might have a greater need of his skills than Americans? Not to mention the fact that so many of his countrymen might not even be able to afford ANY medical care, let alone those who might need a brain surgeon and will never be able to afford to see one. NO, I my opinion, Dr. Hinojosa took the easy and selfish way out he chose to stay in the US where he can make $100200,000 a year rather than return home and help his countrymen. Fourthly, Dr. Hinojosa stated that he wasnt able to get into a university because he didnt have the political connections necessary to do so. My question is, now that he has his education and is a well known brain surgeon, why doesnt he return to Mexico and see if he cant effect some political change that would help his children, his grandchildren and his fellow countrymen, so they could have the opportunities he says he was denied? I reiterate my already stated position that I think the good doctor took the easy and selfish way out and stays in this country so he can make $100200,000 a year instead of using his skills to help his native country to rise out of the political and economic mess it is in. What else but pure selfserving selfishness can explain his actions? Im sorry, Dr. Hinojosa, but the US will do just fine without another brain surgeon, whereas your country could probably profit enormously from your skills, and the political connections you might make. I want to add that I consider myself a dyed in the wool Liberal, with a capitol "L", but I cannot understand why people come to the US and complain about their native countries, get a good education, and then refuse to go back to their native countries to effect some change. NO once they get here, all they think about is making money, and develop amnesia about the situations they left behind, no matter how highly educated they become here. It is as if they are just saying "I made and the hell with you!" to their fellow countrymen. It is this attitude that simply fuels more and more illegal immigration to this country. If these people have no interest in helping their own countries, and countrymen, then why should any of the rest of the world care about helping those countries?
chris commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 03.27.11
I cannot understand why you speak as if foriegn people entering this country iliegally is....just the way it is ? And then expect every American, born or immagrant, accept it. I wonder how Mexico would handle 12 million immagrants from, say, Darfur landing on their shores ? Or if millions of wealthy Americans decided to just show up in Mexico to take advantage of the cheap living ? it would be great for Mexico but would never be allowed to happen. Just allowing these people to enter America and expecting everyone here to deal with it is not the answer. If you want to really help, go back to Mexico and help change your country so the people dont feel the need to leave.
Douglas commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 02.07.11
Im open to changing my opinion, but I find Ms. Hinojosas commercials dishonest and somewhat creepy in their clearly latinoonly slant, while claiming she is exploring "all the diversity" of America. She goes on to say she interviews "real humans", "real americans" as if white America is not human or "real". How can you support and televise someone or something that APPEARS so racist?
michael commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 01.01.11
Saw the show with lea salonga and was disappointed that you didnt admonish her for using the term "pasty" white people. I found that highly offensive and im sure if the term "dirty" brown people were used you would have reacted in a different fashion. What bothered me most is how you didnt even bat an eye lid to such a racist insensitive remark. Wish I could say im surprised but I have seen your show before and hypocrisy is the norm.
Tonya commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 11.07.10
Thank you for your discussion with Eve Ensler. The interview was captivating and informative. She has changed the lives of so many women, including mine, I was pleased to see her on your show. Thank you.
Robert commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 10.15.10
Dear Miss Hinojosa, I just saw your interview with Krysztof Wodiczko on Colorado Public Television, Channel 12. Your interview was wonderfully executed giving us a deep understanding of this most important artist. I have rarely had the privilege of hearing someone speak so clearly about democracy and peace and what it takes to achieve them. It is clear that Mr. Wodiczko has an understanding that comes from lifelong experience and careful thinking. I wish that more of our citizens could escape the cocoon of their ignorance and give up their superficial notions that democracy is something you are entitled to without any effort. Thank you so much for your beautiful work. Robert
Marian commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 10.05.10
Dear Ms. Hinojosa, I caught the end of tonights program interviewing the author of the book about the Train of Death. I tutor ESL as a volunteer and have worked European, Asian, Central American and Mexican students. I first read about the train journey up from Mexico in National Geographic about two years ago. I know some students who have most likely used that train having come up from Guatemala and Honduras. They dont describe the journey to us tutors who are all Anglo other than to say "it was hard". I used to believe that people who crossed our borders illegally were basically "jumping ahead of those who waited patiently in line". My past three years tutoring and also being involved personally with one Central American family here without documentation has shown me the the truth is much more complicated. I dont know how you can get these stories out to people who are not already interested, but I keep trying and thank you for your work. I do wish there was coverage of these stories on nonLatino programs or stations I just dont know how you convince the networks that the general public might be interested.
dave commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 09.21.10
Overpopulation is not a solution to any of our problems. The world is overpopulated. The RCC is still trying to conquer the world partly through increased inbreeding. We in the US do not want to be more like Mexico and Latino America. In 1986 about 3 million were pardoned, now an estimated 12 million have invaded. An estimated 36 million in 2035. Enough too many stop the invasion. The world cannot let the USA become like mexico and latino America. You cannot ignore the problem of the RCC influence. It is not a good influence. Thanks to Martin Luther, King Henry VIII and the Church of England which defeated the Spanish Roman ChildSexAbuse Armada, which defeated the French Roman ChildSexAbuseCatholic Church in north America.
Jay commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 05.13.10
Whats the worth to listen to this Mexican author talking about Mexican immigrant experience? Every immigrant group has a story to tell no matter which nation they came from.... Its everybody story... Typical story. Yet the real "other side" story from Mexico and Central American immigrant never talked like this author. How about drug, gang, crime caused by Mexican and Central American immigrant both legal and illegal?
James commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 03.22.10
Hi Maria Hinojosa Have you had BRENDA K STARR (a tejano) on your PBS show? She sings many songs like 1. Brenda K Starr singing "SOLA" http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xuwGaReImYNR=1 2. Brenda K Starr singing "No Necesito" http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppe4yoAmh0cfeature=related 3. Brenda K Starr singing "Te Sigo Esperando" http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClebiqHyFbAfeature=related 4. Brenda K Starr singing "Herida" http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=nacFb8Nzaxofeature=related If you have had her on your PBS show, when do you plan on having her on your show again? posted by a fan of Brendas tejano music
Stephanie commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 02.17.10
As an advocate for ending all violence, I appreciated your interview with Eve Ensler. My only disagreement with her was when she she said racism was the reason for the lack of support for the women of the Congo. I believe that is too simplistic an explanation and that it risks alienating people who may be in a position to offer support but resent being labeled as racist. I suggest, instead, that Ms. Ensler offers "insufficient information" as the reason. That explanation offers all of us room to learn more and achieve the level of human support and compassion that Ms. Ensler spoke of.
mark commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 02.07.10
Ms. Hinojosa, I think your interview with Luis Rodriguez was disingenuous to say the least...for Mr. Rodriguez to lean upon the nobility of his "native" and natural law idealism when addressing "borders" as an abstract or the actual border between Mexico and the United States is disingenuous. If 20 million gringos, or anglos lets say, were to cross into Mexico looking for jobs, free education and medical benefits, I wonder what his idea of borders would be then? Also, to bring up the obvious demagog Pat Buchanan and his ideas are disingenuous. That was obviously selfserving. You do not have to be like Pat Buchanan to believe that the U.S. has the right and obligation to secure and defend its border. This interview had nothing to do with journalism, but with a personal agenda. And Ms. Hinojosa, staring into your subjects eyes and biting your lip as he spewed hid noble thoughts was more than a bit creepy.
Denise commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 02.07.10
re Luis Rodríguez/were all one big family arent we? Negotiation and progress doesnt happen when both sides stay in their corners. "Feel bad for us" doesnt acknowledge let alone address the problems caused saturated labor market, depressed wages, lack of assimilation, the overwhelmed and unpaid medical facilities, etc. Uninvited guests at your dinner table are going to be unwelcome if some of your family is going hungry most obvious especially at a time like now.
George commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 01.30.10
Hello Maria, I offen try to see your programs since I am a PBS supoters. The population of Latinos is wider and i wonder if your producers could try to include national others than just well only Cubans or says Puerto Rican. I think your audiece is larger . On LatinoUSA and see om the Latino USA Newsroom title " New Honduran president takes office" . Every news has more than one side. The coup agaist Manuel Zelaya I think that themselve the same space albeit contravesy. A forum or a round table could work the best. There is not a a monolithic Latino pointofview on this.
Denise commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 01.22.10
re Bill Strickland interview Inspiring. Now lets see if we can get Father Paul OBrien and Bill together for the sake of Lawrence. Thanks Maria, nice show.
Bonnie commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 12.20.09
What a lovely, touching interview of Cheech Marin (12/20/09). Thank you.
Kenneth commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 09.19.09
I,ve been lstening to the Los Lonley Boys for almost 5 years now and I absolutly LOVE their music! I saw the documentary on them, and to see them on Maria Hinojosa show was a great delight! I hope their experience and multicultural outlook will enlighten people to the great people who live along the Mexican border. A culture deeply rooted in tradition with a strong christian foundation. Their faith and music give me great encouragement that someday...racism will be a thing of the past in the U.S. The prophet Bob Marley once said "Until the color of a mans skin, is of no more signifigance than the color of his eyes, there will always be war," I lost my family some years ago, and when I hear them speak about the importance of family, their words strike a chord in my heart. I would give anything to be welcomed into a family like theirs!
Feliciano commented on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One on 09.03.09
What a wonderful scientist. He oozes kindness to young people. That alone is so great. Thank you, Maria, for interviewing Mr. Tyson.
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