'Fear didn't stop my aunt from getting into the back of that truck': Selena Gomez braces for backlash as she opens up about her family's experience with undocumented immigration

Business Insider | 10/1/2019 | Lauren Frias
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Selena Gomez, who is Mexican-American, described the harrowing experience of her aunt, who crossed the border from Mexico into the US in the back of a truck in the 1970s, in an emotional op-ed for TIME magazine.

Honing in on her own family's immigration experience, Gomez wrote that she was an executive producer for an upcoming Netflix documentary, "Living Undocumented," which follows the lives of eight families whose lives are affected by lack of documentation in the US.

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Gomez concluded the op-ed by recognizing that she may receive criticism by agreeing to sign on with a documentary covering such a sensitive topic.

However, she wrote that she won't be stopped by the anticipation of disapproval, saying that "the worst criticism I can imagine is still nothing compared to what undocumented immigrants face every day."

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The Netflix documentary is set to launch globally on the streaming platform on October 2.

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Selena Gomez opened up about her family's experience with undocumented immigration in an op-ed for TIME magazine, published Tuesday.

Gomez, who is Mexican-American, described the harrowing experience of her aunt, who crossed the border from Mexico into the US in the back of a truck in the 1970s. She wrote that her grandparents soon followed, and her father was born in Texas soon after the family migrated to the states. Gomez was born in 1992 in Texas.

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"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 wrote in the op-ed.

The singer and actress acknowledged the political divisiveness of the immigration crisis in the US, but she wrote that she believes "immigration goes beyond politics and...
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