Selena Gomez is proud to come from a family of immigrants, and she shared her thoughts on the ongoing immigrant crisis in an essay published by Time on Tuesday (Oct. 1).
In the piece, Gomez notes that her aunt and grandparents came to the United States from Mexico, and her father was born in Texas. "In 1992, I was born a U.S. citizen thanks to their bravery and sacrifice," she wrote. "Over the past four decades, members of my family have worked hard to gain United States citizenship. 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."
She added that reading the news lately and the anger around immigration makes her "feel afraid for my country." Gomez then discusses immigration as a "human issue, affecting real people, dismantling real lives."