On Tuesday (September 5), Donald Trump ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive action created by President Obama. It protected nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in America illegally as children from deportation by offering them legal work permits. In the five years since it was enacted, the individuals have studied in schools, pursued careers, and started families.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement that the government will no longer accept new applications. Some of the current immigrants already receiving protection will be able to renew their two-year period of legal status until October 5. Trump has urged Congress to replace the program with legislation within six months, before the phasing-out process begins on March 5, 2018. However, if they fail to act, the immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children could face deportation. Here's how celebrities reacted before and after the announcement.
Barack Obama (Read more here)
Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill...
Brought by parents, these children had no choice in coming here. Now they'll be sent to countries they've never known. Cruel. Not America.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 5, 2017
I stand with dreamers!— Diddy (@Diddy) September 5, 2017
"Adult illegal aliens." Just a disgusting display of prejudice, ignorance and heartlessness. But exactly what's expected of these cowards. https://t.co/zfYrS7uizb— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 5, 2017
Shout to all the Dreamers. Keep the faith!— “DROGAS WAVE” & “BeatNPath” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) September 5, 2017
Have patience with these White Yankee Gringos they forget they ALL used to be Dreamers too.
Yvette Nicole Brown & Gabrielle Union
If Trump decides to end DACA, it will be one of the ugliest and cruelest decisions ever made by a president in our modern history. https://t.co/EXfRAy5azO— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 4, 2017
Taking legal protections away from 800,000 young people raised in this country is absolutely counter to what we stand for as a nation.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 4, 2017
I hope that by the time I have to explain Trump to my kids, they'll never have a frame of reference to understand how bad he really was.— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) September 5, 2017
Lauren Jauregui (Fifth Harmony)
Imagine if the president could understand that the recipients of DACA ARE the Americans he's been tasked with protecting #saveDACA— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 4, 2017
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
I stand with the Dreamers -- the young people brought to our country by their parents. Many have lived here as long as...
Apple CEO Tim Cook
250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 3, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York will not demonize diversity.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 4, 2017
We will not stand by as 42,000 NYers are deported.
If President Trump rescinds #DACA, we will sue.
California Senator Kamala Harris
I will fight tooth and nail to protect #DACA. Those young people have only known one home, the U.S. Deporting them would be inhumane.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 1, 2017
My message to Dreamers: We see you. We stand with you. We will fight to ensure you can stay in the country you call home.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 5, 2017
Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley)