LA Spanish-language show lets players compete for lawyers to help with residency.

LA Spanish-language show lets players compete for lawyers to help with residency.
Gana la Verde, or Win the Green, “has consistently reached an average of 1 million Latino households. Last week, the show was No. 2 among 18- to 49-year-old Latino viewers.” The reason: this nightly series, which airs on LA’s KRCA-TV Channel 62, offers as its prize “a set of immigration lawyers, who for one year work to expedite the residency process,” the LA Times reports. The series sounds like Fear Factor, as contestants have “swallowed 38 grams of live tequila worms, … trap[ped] a slippery pig drenched in butter, [and] … jumped six times from one 18-wheeler traveling 60 mph to another in pursuit of six tiny green flags.” Being on the show has other risks, too, because of contestants’ undocumented status: an immigration department official tells the Times, “we remind people they are potentially subject to arrest. In some instances, we are obliged to act.”

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