Discovery en Espanol to explore hate crimes, immigration

The American cable net will air several documentaries that focus on key issues facing the U.S. Hispanic population in the lead up to the presidential election in November. (Pictured: Desamparados)
October 23, 2012

Spanish-language cable net Discovery en Español is to air several documentaries focusing on key issues facing the U.S. Hispanic population in the lead up to the U.S. presidential election in November.

Airing on October 28 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, Caras del odio examines two hate crimes against Hispanics: the 2008 death of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramírez after a fight with a group of high school students in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania; and the case of Juan Varela, who was murdered by a neighbor in 2010 after an argument over illegal immigration.

That program will be followed at 10 p.m. by Objetivo el nort, a doc about the immigration debate; and La ruta de la muerte at 11 p.m., which profiles a group of migrants en route to the United States.

On November 4 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, the U.S. cable net will air Desamparados (pictured), which follows Hispanic families struggling to survive in the recession. That will be followed at 10 p.m. by Deportados, a doc about immigrants about to be deported; and Viviendo en la sombra at 11 p.m., which profiles illegal immigrants raising families in the United States.

“As part of our commitment to our audience, we feel a responsibility during this pre-election period to offer unique and quality content that entertains while informing our viewers about current affairs,” said Discovery U.S. Hispanic general manager Ivan Bargueiras in a statement.

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