"Si, buenas tardes?" Miriam Ceja chirped into the microphone at La Nueva Mix's studio in Glenwood Springs, Colo. It was 5 p.m., "prime drive time," on a Wednesday evening in late March. La Nueva Mix is primarily a music station, playing Norteño ballads and other Latin American tunes. But since its debut six years ago, program director Axel Contreras has also introduced talk shows on health, real estate and dealing with police encounters. By far the most popular, though, is Punto Legal, a weekly immigration law call-in. Ceja, an assistant at the law firm Hess and Schubert, is one of the show's translators. Her boss, immigration attorney Ted Hess, who says he doesn't speak "a lick of Spanish," scribbled notes as she spoke.
"I've been working without a Social Security card," said the anonymous caller, who sounded like a young man. "Will I still be able to take advantage of immigration reform?"
"As long as you haven't committed a major felony, you should still be able to benefit from any reforms," Hess replied. There was a pause.