Jane the Virgin is about a Latina born and raised in the U.S. The show has touched on all aspects of the latinx culture from the oh so religious abuela to the telenovela obsession. Coincidentally or not, and just in time for Cinco De Mayo, Jane the Virgin addressed the issue of immigration.
Early in the episode, Abuela voices her frustration about the recent I.C.E. raids. As we’ve seen, deportation rates are rising and so is the fear of millions of innocent people.
While at work, Abuela witnesses a customer tell another, “this is America you should learn how to speak English”. Fact: The United States has no official language
At home, Abuela is furious and tells Jane she is frustrated and goes on to ask how much the woman knew about the constitution? Fact: Passing a history and government exam is part of the naturalization process
The effect on children of immigrant families
Even Mateo picks up on what is happening and asks about xenophobia.
Jane provides Mateo with an explanation as to why people come to America and tells him that sadly, not everyone understands that.
The lengthy, costly, naturalization process
Later, Jorge confides in Alba that he is an undocumented worker. They go on and talk about how hard it is to obtain a green card. If you’re an avid watcher of the show, you’ll know that Abuela feared deportation but obtained her green card after being in this country for decades.
A call to action
Abuela is then empowered to march not only for herself, but for her friend as well.
This episode of Jane the Virgin tackles immigration not by making it the theme of the episode, but by weaving each issue as a part of the characters’ everyday lives. This way of addressing the issue illustrates to the viewer that discrimination, fear, and other issues are undeniably something immigrants in America face. This episode showed the worry and fear every immigrant is facing with the current administration and has faced through the decades. However, it also showed that not everyone is willing to stay idle but instead, like Abuela, is ready to stand up and fight back!
"Chapter Sixty-One." Jane the Virgin. The CW. 01 May 2017.