Selena Gomez producing docuseries about immigration for Netflix

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Selena Gomez is putting her celebrity and platform to good use by shedding light on the hardships some immigrant families face. Gomez announced Tuesday that she will be serving as executive producer for a new Netflix documentary series, titled Living Undocumented.

“I am so humbled to be a part of Netflix’s documentary series Living Undocumented. The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends—they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me.” Gomez shared in an Instagram post, along with the series’ trailer.

The series, which will tell the stories of eight families who are facing possible deportation, is a secret project the singer has been working on for some time now. Gomez explained that she hopes to show America what it is like for those who are undocumented.

“I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented, because over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word,” Gomez told the Hollywood Reporter. “My hope is that the series can shed light on what it’s like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”

This isn’t Gomez’s first producing credit on a Netflix project. She also serves as an executive producer for 13 Reasons Why.

Gomez has been very vocal about immigration in the past. In June, she spoke out against the “inhumane” treatment of migrant children at the border.

“Kids in cages! Sleeping on concrete floors with aluminum blankets! No access to simple dignities! How is this still happening??? It’s absolutely inhumane to treat anyone like this let alone children. I can’t even imagine what they are going through. We need to get this to finally stop! Don’t stay silent on this human rights issue,” Gomez wrote in an Instagram post, adding the hashtags #CloseTheCamps and #FamilesBelongTogether.

Living Undocumented will be available for streaming on Oct. 2.

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