Selena Gomez feels ‘blessed’ to be born in America

Singer Selena Gomez says many of her family members had to work hard to gain American citizenship.

Selena Gomez feels “blessed” to have been born in the US.

The 27-year-old star admitted she regularly thinks about undocumented immigration “every day” because of the way many of her own family members travelled from Mexico to America. She said that she will always be grateful for their “bravery and sacrifice”.

In an essay for TIME magazine, she wrote: “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.

“In 1992, I was born a US citizen thanks to their bravery and sacrifice.

“In the 1970s, my aunt crossed the border from Mexico to the United States hidden in the back of a truck.”

— Selena Gomez

“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.”

Selena has executive produced a new docuseries for Netflix, Living Undocumented, and she admitted that watching the footage of the people featured in the programme brought her to tears with the spectrum of emotions it showed.

She said: “I watched footage outlining their deeply personal journeys and I cried. It captured the shame, uncertainty, and fear I saw my own family struggle with. But it also captured the hope, optimism, and patriotism so many undocumented immigrants still hold in their hearts despite the hell they go through.”