I agree. I don't mind topical stories. A lot of shows I watch lately have been doing stories on undocumented characters. My problem with so many of the stories is that the shows clearly want to tell this topical story but they're doing it the way shows in the 80s used to gay characters. In other words, the characters are there but not really fully developed. They're more of a representation of an idea than someone I really care about or am convinced matters to most of the show.
Marisa seemed to exist to introduce Yoli's pansexuality. We still don't know much about her as a person. Now we know she's undocumented but again, that's more of a label that's attributed to her than really telling us much about who she is at her core.
As a result, I can't fathom caring what happens to her. And that's the problem with so many of these stories that are being told on TV right now. They're not really investing in the character they're using for these stories. Superstore is the exception. The undocumented character on that show can certainly be annoying but he's a main character. We've known him for four seasons, have known about his status for over two of those seasons. And we care about his relationships with other characters so when they upped the ante on that story this season, it had an impact because the character actually mattered and was more than just the "undocumented character."
But Marisa? Pfft.
I cared more about Danny's ex than I care about Marisa. At least Danny's ex surprised me with how she wasn't bringing the crazy like I feared she might.