Music artist Selena Gomez, age 27, penned an essay on immigration, feeling the need to share her progressive feelings about how Americans look down on illegal immigrants and how she feels afraid for the future of the country.
Gomez used Time to publish her opinion article on Tuesday, and it’s being pushed in circulation today, which I happened to pick up. She says that immigration isn’t just about politics, but it’s hard for logical Americans to allow the idea to sit in their heads that “some people” can try to become American citizens the right way while others have to hide and cheat, thus the wrong way.
Progressives and socialist wrap their emotional argument around the word illegal but deny the disagreement the full truth that America has problems with illegal immigration. There is aa process for immigration in this country even though it is flawed, but the way to fix it is through the law. You can’t run and walk around the law to get the result you want.
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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 U.S. citizen thanks to their bravery and sacrifice. 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. But when I read the news headlines or see debates about immigration rage on social media, I feel afraid for those in similar situations. I feel afraid for my country.
Immigration is a divisive political issue. 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.
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. 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. It’s time to listen to the people whose lives are being directly affected by immigration policies. It’s time to get to know the individuals whose complex stories have been reduced to basic headlines.
In 2017, I was approached about getting involved in a new documentary series called Living Undocumented that would shine a light on eight immigrant families in the U.S. from different countries and backgrounds, all facing possible deportation. 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.
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The rest of us are worried about OUR country as well. No nation can survive without its borders being protected, and it’s laws enforced. I am sorry these folks come from places that are so terrible, but it does not give any of them the right to come to this country illegally, have children and then think they are somehow entitled to stay here. The 14th Amendment was never intended to be used in such a manner. So be grateful for the life you do have here and spend some of that money on helping the folks in your family’s native country find a way to live a better life there and stop putting the onus on this nation to take care of them.
Last month I met three of the young people documented in the series: A Dreamer named Bar whose family left Israel when she was six months old to escape violence in Tel Aviv, and brothers Pablo and Camilo Dunoyer whose family fled Colombia in 2002 to seek asylum when their family was repeatedly threatened by narco-guerillas — threats their family still receive to this day.
Bar told me she wanted to study interior design. She also told me that she’s lived in fear her whole life. A week before we met she had been violently robbed but was afraid to call the police. She didn’t want them to discover that her parents are undocumented and report them to ICE.
Pablo was accepted to San Diego State University. But he can’t go, because in August his father Roberto Dunoyer left for work and never came home. He was detained by ICE, kept in a cage with other immigrants who slept on the floor with only aluminum blankets for warmth. The lights stayed on at all hours of the day. Pablo said he’d never heard pain like that in his father’s voice, and he’s worried he will carry that pain for the rest of his life. After a horrific eight days, Roberto was deported to Colombia. Since then, the brothers have been in hiding. They can’t go home and they rarely sleep at night. They’re afraid that their time is running out. Camilo told me that his biggest fear isn’t being deported, it’s being forgotten and becoming another faceless statistic.
I’m concerned about the way people are being treated in my country. As a Mexican-American woman I feel a responsibility to use my platform to be a voice for people who are too afraid to speak. And I hope that getting to know these eight families and their stories will inspire people to be more compassionate, and to learn more about immigration and form their own opinion. I hope that Bar gets to study interior design. I hope that Pablo and Camilo can return home and sleep at night.
When I signed on to executive produce a show about undocumented immigrants, I couldn’t help but anticipate the criticisms I might face. But the truth is, the worst criticism I can imagine is still nothing compared to what undocumented immigrants face every day. Fear shouldn’t stop us from getting involved and educating ourselves on an issue that affects millions of people in our country. Fear didn’t stop my aunt from getting into the back of that truck. And for that, I will always be grateful.
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I feel that Selena doesn’t realize that an influx of 30 million illegals, in such a short period (30 years) has destroyed the way of life for the average American. Rents are so high the poor can’t afford a cheap apartment because they do not exist the market situation has put more Americans on the street then the depression we have suffered in so many ways paying the tax dollars needed to sustain a decent country and way of life, and we have lost jobs to the migrant.
We use to be proud Americans, and now, there are a million people on the street. Feel worried about this country Because we are trying to keep out of the streets.
Outspoken multi-millionaire liberals like Selena Gomez, Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Moore, Barbara Streisand, Ashley Judd, Alyssa Milano, Whoopie Goldberg, Joy Behar, Oprah Winfrey (billionaire), etc. should EACH take 25 of these “migrants” into one of their many 10-20 bedroom estates (the “migrants” won’t mind doubling-up), house them, support them, pay for their education and medical bills, etc.
They should also be prepared to see their new “migrant” family grow and support any and all offspring. They can well afford it, but they would never go for this idea. The bullying left never ceases to amaze me with their hypocrisy and double-standards while pretending to be the better people. Their wealthy gated communities remain untouched and safe while suburbia, middle-class Americans get flooded with more crime, more dependents, and more chaos.
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The US can not take in every person that decides they want to come to the US, so instead, why doesn’t Ms. Gomez take her vast wealth and go to her home country and do her best to make the living conditions better there rather than create huge issues in the US? Then we would see the type of person she wants us to see her as now while all we see now is an entitled brat using social media to make herself look and feel better while doing nothing.
I guess what I am trying to say is, sneaking into a country doesn’t make you an immigrant, any more than breaking into a house makes you ‘part of the family.’
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This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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