Selena Gomez might be happy that she was born and raised in the United States, but she is worried and upset by how immigrants are being treated in the country. She recently penned a highly emotional and eye-opening essay about the issue. 

According to her, she said the issue of immigration is more than just a political issue; rather, it’s a human issue.  The singer-actress could not fathom why there is even debate about immigration. 

In an op-ed published by Time Magazine, Gomez relayed how her own aunt went to the United States in a dangerous manner. She was lucky to be born in the United States and has grown up well, but this does not mean she’s blind to what is happening to immigrants. 

“In the 1970s, my aunt crossed the border from Mexico to the United States hidden in the back of a truck,” Gomez said. “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.” She added that for over 40 years, her family has worked hard to secure citizenship. 

Justin Bieber's ex then wrote that reading about the debates about immigration had her worried about the immigrants facing the same hardships as her ancestors. “But when I read the news headlines or see debates about immigration rage on social media, I feel afraid for those in similar situations,” she wrote. “I feel afraid for my country.”

The former Disney star wants people to see that this is more than just a political issue. Ideally, it does not even matter what your political color is when it comes to the issue of immigration. “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.”

There is nothing wrong with what Gomez wrote at all. There are some scary developments happening to the immigration issue that Americans are seemingly ignoring. Just recently, The New York Times reported that President Trump ordered the shutting down of the entire 2000-mile border with Mexico. He also publicly said that soldiers should shoot migrants’ legs if they fight back. Joking or not or whether he’s just caught in his anger, his words and how some Americans would take it, are alarming.

selena gomez (2) Selena Gomez pictured attending WE Day on April 19, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images