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Selena Gomez Takes On America's Immigration Crisis: 'I Feel Afraid for My Country'

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Selena Gomez penned an article for Time where she addresses the immigration crisis that the U.S. is facing and uses her platform to raise awareness to the issue.

The star begins her narrative with some history of how her ancestors came to this country.

"In the 1970s, my aunt crossed the border from Mexico to the United States hidden in the back of a truck," Gomez wrote. "My grandparents followed, and my father was born in Texas soon after. In 1992, I was born a U.S. citizen thanks to their bravery and sacrifice."

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She's Afraid For The Country

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Gomez says that undocumented immigration is on her mind every day and that she never forgets how blessed she is to have been born in this country. She ends the opening paragraph by stating the intense debate is troubling to her.

"When I read the news headlines or see debates about immigration rage on social media, I feel afraid for those in similar situations," Gomez continued. "I feel afraid for my country."

Gomez admits that she is not an authority on the subject. "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," she said. "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."

New Netflix Project

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Selena's article goes on to explain that she is an executive producer on an new Netflix documentary series called "Living Undocumented."

She says the series will shine a light on eight immigrant families in the U.S. from different countries and backgrounds.

Acknowledging Potential Criticism

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She ends her article by acknowledging that she will face criticisms for her views and involvement with the Netflix project but says, "the worst criticism I can imagine is still nothing compared to what undocumented immigrants face every day."

The new series launches on Wednesday, October 2.

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