In a recent op-ed for ‘Time,’ Selena Gomez wrote about how her family came to be in the United States. . 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, Selena Gomez, via 'Time'. She thanked them for their “bravery” and credited their “sacrifice” for being the reason she and her family are now citizens. . 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. , Selena Gomez, via 'Time'. Gomez then delved deeper into the subject of undocumented immigration, urging people to understand that it is a “human issue.”. 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, Selena Gomez, via 'Time'. She hopes to use her platform as a celebrity, as well as her upcoming series, ‘Living Undocumented,’ to encourage people to face their “fear” and educate themselves. . 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, Selena Gomez, via 'Time'