Gina Rodriguez’s concern for immigration issues goes beyond her on-screen grandmother’s undocumented struggles.
During the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday, where the Jane the Virgin star was honored as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Rodriguez stressed why our immigration system shouldn’t tear families apart.
“We need to keep families together and not in detention homes,” the Puerto Rican actress said. “The fact that it’s even called that makes you feel uncomfortable knowing that there’s no care for people as human beings.”
The conversation started after the star, who has been vocal about various social and political issues in the past, was asked how she felt about the immigration debate this election season. Rodriguez said she is thrilled that the issue is being centralized but hopes for more than just chatter.
“When it comes to the candidates, I’m very excited to see what’s going to be done,” she said. “Conversation is great, but we need to take action.”
In her hit show, the 31-year-old star’s TV abuela is undocumented, highlighting issues of deportation and the process of naturalization.