Celebrity actor-singer Selena Gomez is concerned about the crisis for immigrants in the United States. While addressing the US immigration crisis, the star says “I feel afraid for my country”.
The American superstar has penned an essay for Time magazine and revealed that some of her own family members came to the country undocumented from Mexico.
Revealing that her aunt fled to the US in the back of a truck in the 1970s, Gomez wrote, “Undocumented immigration is an issue I think about every day, and I never forget how blessed I am to have been born in this country thanks to my family and the grace of circumstance”.
“My grandparents followed, and my father was born in Texas soon after.” While Gomez herself was born a US citizen, not everyone is so fortunate. “When I read the news headlines or see debates about immigration rage on social media, I feel afraid for those in similar situations. I feel afraid for my country,” she continued.
Her family’s experience inspired her to turn executive producer on a new docu-series for Netflix called Living Undocumented. She has met with three young people featured in the series and has revealed, being a Mexican-American woman, she was deeply touched to use her platform to be a voice for people who are too afraid to speak.
She was approached about the project in 2017. “I wanted to shine a light on eight immigrant families in the US from different countries and backgrounds, all facing possible deportation,” Gomez mentioned.
“I watched footage outlining their deeply personal journeys and I cried. It captured the shame, uncertainty, and fear I saw my own family struggle with. But it also captured the hope, optimism, and patriotism so many undocumented immigrants still hold in their hearts despite the hell they go through”, she further added.
I had the honor of sitting down with some of the young adults from Living Undocumented where we had a genuine conversation about the immigration issue and their lives. It was honest and heartbreaking. I would love for you guys to check it out. ❤️ https://t.co/fGhKQnvXuU
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) October 4, 2019