The Good Place actor reveals he's undocumented and calls on Hollywood's media to help bring about 'government change'
- Bambadjan Bamba from The Good Place NBC series came forward to share he is an undocumented immigrant
- He is calling on Hollywood to help him and other 'Dreamers' in their fight for citizenship?
- Show creator Michael Schur said he did not know Bamba was undocumented until he came out and says he fully supports him?
- 'He is funny, kind, talented, and as American as I am,' Schur said of the actor
An actor in NBC TV show The Good Place, Bambadjan Bamba, has come forward to say he is undocumented and wants Hollywood to do more to support the fight for those known as 'Dreamers.'
Bamba has made the difficult decision to speak about his status as a working non-citizen. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times he said: 'Ultimately, I really felt moved in my spirit. I felt like God was telling me, ''This is your time to do it. You have to do it.'''
'I look at my daughter and I'm like, ''If I don't do it, and DACA gets canceled, I could be separated [from her].'' We just don't know what's going to happen and I'd rather go out fighting,' he added.
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Bambadjan Bamba who stars in The Good Place came forward about being undocumented and is calling on Hollywood for support for 'Dreamers' like him who could be deported
Bamba, alongside Ted Danson (right) says he was inspired by Dreamer protesters who are sitting in front of the White House protesting Trump rescinding DACA protections
The actor says he also drew inspiration from DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) people who are protesting the president rescinding their protections.?
'All these kids that have so much less than I do, they're standing up. They're sleeping in front of the White House or in front of their congressman's office. I'm sitting here being scared. But we're done with fear. We're here to stay. Let's push. Let's fight, because nothing is going to be given for free.' he told the Los Angeles Times.
Bamba, while calling on Hollywood to assist in the fight, spoke with Buzzfeed News as well.?
'[Hollywood] can stand with all these other industries who are fighting the government to make change,' he said, 'and also have more immigrant stories, stories like mine, or undocumented people's stories, because we know how powerful imagery is and how powerful media is in shifting culture or shifting the conversation.'
NBC's The Good Place creator, Michael Schur, said he didn't know Bamba was undocumented until he said it on Tuesday, and told BuzzFeed News the actor has his full support.
In a statement, Schur, who also co-created Parks and Recreation, recalled Bamba's first audition for the show, where the actor shared he was from C?te d'Ivoire and had come to the US to make a new life.
The Good Place which also stars Kristen Bell,?William Jackson Harper (top left) airs on NBC
Dreamers fill the halls and atrium during a protest inside of the Hart Senate Office Building on November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC
'I didn't know he was technically undocumented until today, and finding out only makes him more impressive to me — that he accomplished so much while living under that cloud of uncertainty,' Schur said.
He added, 'We always want Bambadjan around our show, and Congress should be working overtime to figure out how to keep him, and people like him, here.'
'He is funny, kind, talented, and as American as I am,' Schur said.
In addition to talking to the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed News, Bamba has made a video with the organization Define American calling for the entertainment industry to take a more active stance on DACA.?
Bamba is in talks with the Screen Actors Guild and NBCUniversal to work with them on figuring out how his own undocumented status will affect his career.
'The creator and the cast, they're very enthusiastic about my career, about my work on the show,' he told BuzzFeed News. 'I mean, they use my name as my character so I'm very, very optimistic because, I mean, it just got green-lit for Season 3, so I would love to come back for Season 3 and I would love to be able for DACA to pass to come back for Season 4.'
Earlier this month a group of Democrats signed onto a letter saying they won't back a funding extension without an agreement to protect the group of immigrants brought here illegally as children known as Dreamers.
Trump has halted the 'Dreamers' program while giving Congress six months to try to forge a legislative solution
Students of Woodrow Wilson High School, joining hundreds of students in a school walkout to protest and rally to demand Congress to pass a clean Dream Act on November 9
President Donald Trump rescinded Obama-era DACA protections, but gave Congress six months to try to forge a legislative solution.
On Tuesday?Rep. Carlos Curbelo joined many Democratic lawmakers.
'I will not support any appropriations bill that funds the government beyond December 31st unless we get this DACA issue resolved,' Curbelo said at a panel discussion in Miami hosted by the pro-immigrant IMPAC Fund' Curbelo said.
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