With the Trump administration cracking down hard on immigration, famed singer and actor Selena Gomez is highlighting the issue through her own family’s story.
Gomez is bringing to light the significant issue of the immigration crisis in the United States by sharing her own family’s story of crossing the border.
In a piece for Time magazine, the 27-year-old penned down her family’s experience of crossing the United States border from Mexico.
“In the 1970s, my aunt crossed the border from Mexico to the United States hidden in the back of a truck. My grandparents followed, and my father was born in Texas soon after,”
She explained that while she and her father had the privileged of being born US citizens, her family struggled for four decades to gain citizenship.
“In 1992, I was born a U.S. citizen thanks to their bravery and sacrifice. Over the past four decades, members of my family have worked hard to gain United States citizenship.”
Selema Gomez is not ok with current practices
The Spring Breakers actress highlighted the other side of the US immigration crisis, the human-side.
“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,”
Selena Gomez raised the problems in the US immigration system that need to be addressed rather than vilifying immigrants under the current policy.
“But 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.
The Kill Em with Kindness singer believes that the story of immigrants shouldn’t be reduced to headlines.
“I don’t claim to be an expert. I’m not a politician, I’m not a doctor, and I don’t work in the system at all. I understand it’s flawed and that we need rules and regulations, but we also have to remember that our country was formed by people who came here from other countries. It’s time to listen to the people whose lives are being directly affected by immigration policies. It’s time to get to know the individuals whose complex stories have been reduced to basic headlines.”
Working with Netflix
The former Disney starlet also worked with Netflix on a documentary about undocumented immigrants.
Previously, Cuban-American singer Camilla Cabello opened up about being a naturalized US citizen and how she and her mother crossed the US-Mexico border.
She fiercely defended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the Grammys 2018.