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Selena Gomez Shares Fears of Immigrant Safety in ‘Time’ Essay

NEW YORK - JUNE 10, 2019: Selena Gomez attends the premiere of "The Dead Don't Die" at the Museum of Modern Art on June 10, 2019, in New York City. - Image

As a Mexican-American woman, Selena Gomez wants to take a stand on immigration in the United States. And with the release of her new project on Netflix titled Living Undocumented, she has.

The new docu-series, inspired by Gomez’ own family’s history of immigration, follows the incredible stories of eight different immigrant families in the U.S. who currently face potential deportation. Their journeys echo those of the 27 year-old singer and actress’s aunt, who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the 70’s while hiding in the back of a truck.

“Immigration is a divisive political issue,” Gomez writes in an essay for Time. “It’s the subject of endless arguments and countless news stories. But immigration goes beyond politics and headlines. It is a human issue, affecting real people, dismantling real lives. How we deal with it speaks to our humanity, our empathy, our compassion. How we treat our fellow human beings defines who we are.”

Through producing Living Undocumented, Gomez hopes to capture the “hope, optimism, and patriotism” that keep illegal immigrants going despite the severity of their hardships.

“Fear shouldn’t stop us from getting involved and educating ourselves on an issue that affects millions of people in our country,” she concludes in her essay. “Fear didn’t stop my aunt from getting into the back of that truck. And for that, I will always be grateful.”

Living Undocumented is now available on Netflix worldwide.

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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