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Inquirer: Filipino American Portrays Undocumented Immigrant in NBC’s Superstore

Pictured: (l-r) Nico Santos as Mateo, Ben Feldman as Jonah, Colton Dunn as Garrett, America Ferrera . Photo: NBC/ Trae Patton

For the first time on network TV, a regular character is being depicted as an undocumented immigrant, reports the Inquirer.

Filipino American Nico Santos plays Mateo on the NBC comedy Superstore.

In the Olympic episode which aired recently in prime time right after the Olympics, Mateo learns for the first time he is undocumented.

It’s a good bet Superstore will return to this plot line in the future, although NBC has not confirmed this.

Define American, a non-profit which strives to improve the portrayal of immigration in the media, posted the above clip on You Tube. In the description beneath the video, Define American wrote:

Pictured: (l-r) Nico Santos as Mateo, Ben Feldman as Jonah — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)Nico Santos as Mateo, Ben Feldman as Jonah — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

On the premiere of season 2 of NBC sitcom, Superstore, Mateo, a gay character from the Philippines, discovers that he is an undocumented immigrant. In humorous form, he discovers that the green card he has is fake. This strains an already contentious relationship with Glenn, his manager. While Mateo tries to convey this fact to Glenn, his boss; he is supported enthusiastically without real comprehension about his status.”


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