Diego Luna talks about US immigration and his new movie about Cesar Chavez

Mexican actor Diego Luna has never been shy about speaking up about immigration policy. Luna, who just finished directing a biopic about U.S. civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, recently said the U.S. can strengthen its border with Mexico, but it cannot eliminate people’s need to survive.

Fox News Latino reports that the Mexican actor and filmmaker spoke about the issue at a Times Talk meeting organized by The New York Times at Madrid’s Teatro Español.

“I’ve come across that border many times, my son was born in the United States - he is also a Mexican-American with the two passports,” Luna said, “So with this movie, I want to bring that community and its neighbors closer together.”

The 33-year-old actor recently took a stand for immigrants when he dedicated his Hispanic Heritage Award to undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Now, the actor-turned-director is turning his sights to the big screen to spread the word.

He said that he feels the need to tell a story that the U.S. has long ignored, which is why he chose to direct a narrative of Chavez, who led the migrant farmworkers’ struggler in California.

“California is one of the strongest states with one of the solidest economies, but at the same time ignores the reality of its farmworkers,” Luna said.

The upcoming film about the migrant worker's movement will star Michael Peña as Cesar Chavez, Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, America Ferrera as Chavez's wife, Helen.