Lydia (Rita Moreno) and Schneider (Todd Grinnell) became United States citizens in season two of One Day at a Time, but don't expect to see a lot more immigration-themed storylines in season three.
Series creator Gloria Calderon-Kellett opened up about what fans can expect from the new season during Netflix's Television Critics Association presentation on Sunday.
“By existing, we are political in this landscape,” Calderon-Kellett said about the topic of immigration. “We don’t tackle that specific thing this year, but in real life, I’m trying to tackle it.”
Calderon-Kellett teamed up with Vida creator Tanya Saracho to raise money for RAICES, an organization helping families that have been separated at the United States/Mexico border. Their "One Vida at a Time" campaign has received the support of 87 writer's rooms thus far.
The comedy has been tackling the topic of immigration since season one, where audiences were introduced to Elena's (Isabella Gomez) friend Carmen (Ariela Barer) who was undocumented.
Although Carmen has not been back on the show, Calderon-Kellett and Barer were having a conversation about her possible return during the season two premiere party. There's no better time for her to come back than right now as more than 2,000 families remain separated.
"[Immigration] was something that had been going on in our community," said series star Justina Machado during the panel. "Then this administration happened and now more people are aware."