Jonathan Del Arco and Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Major Crimes star Jonathan Del Arco spends a lot of time in the morgue to help the fictional detectives of the TNT drama series solve their problematic cases. But the actor is one of several Hollywood celebs lending their time and talents in an effort to solve an even bigger problem.
Del Arco is an honorary board member of the non-profit organization Welcome.us, which celebrates the United States rich immigrant heritage as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing political debate surrounding immigration reform. As part of June's Immigration Heritage Month, Del Arco and other actors, including Glee's Naya Rivera, The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley and Jamie-Lynn Sigler have created a series of PSAs to spread Welcome.us' message.
"We're addressing immigration in a holistic way," Del Arco tells TVGuide.com. "We're taking it out of the political circle and really addressing the social aspect of it....
The idea of right and wrong plays a huge role in our everyday lives. Most of us agree to let the criminal codes handle grievous assaults on individuals, but reserve for ourselves the right to govern our own homes. But there are stringent moralists among us who believe their own rules should apply to everyone, or who wish to impress their own concepts of good and bad on the whole world. Crypto-fascists of the right and the left increasingly fan the flames of intolerance. I can't help but wonder what would happen if either side were to literally take the law into its own hands...