On October 2nd, a docuseries on Netflix was released. The six-episode series is called Living Undocumented, and it’s raising awareness to the corrupt immigration system in this country.
Selena Gomez, a Mexican-American singer is the executive producer of the series. After the director Aaron Saidman and co-director Anna Chai showing Selena the initial screening, she knew she had to be apart of it.
The Netflix series Living Undocumented focuses in on eight families across the U.S. who are all facing deportation- none of them criminals, all of them human.
Each family are from different backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses, each entering the United States seeking refuge and opportunity. Alejandra Juarez, a mother of two daughters and a wife of an Iraq veteran, was deported after living in the U.S. for over twenty years. With the Trump administration cracking down on immigrants with a “zero tolerance” policy, she too, struggled to stay here with her family.
Ironically, Alejandra Juarez’s husband voted for Trump.
This year in February, President Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency.
“The southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics. The problem of largescale unlawful migration through the southern border is longstanding, and despite the executive branch’s exercise of existing statutory authorities, the situation has worsened in certain respects in recent years” stated in this proclamation.
Only 2.3 percent of Trump’s 2,000 mile wall that was promised during his 2016 campaign, has been built. The United States is seeing it’s highest number of arrests at the border, but what “Americans” don’t understand about crossing the border illegally is, that there is no other way. Our immigration system is beyond flawed.
Living Undocumted aims to prove exactly how flawed our system is, by documenting each deportation case of the eight families.
“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” wrote Selena Gomez in TIME.
Immigration is a complex issue in the U.S., but it needs to be something we are all aware of. As Selena Gomez wrote, “it is a human issue”. To watch the series, visit https://www.netflix.com/title/80209609.