Hollywood, Media and Politicians Blast Trump’s DACA Decision: ‘Coward’

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Trump administration will roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants legal protections to about 800,000 “DREAMers” who entered the United States as minors, over the next six months.
As soon as the announcement was made, members of the media, Hollywood and lawmakers across the country took to Twitter to voice opposition.
“How to Get Away With Murder” actor Matt McGorry called on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to “Protect the undocumented youth of our country. Defend #DACA or forever live w shame of being complicit in racism/xenophobia.”
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“That that horrible man chooses to rescind #DACA two weeks after calling the KKK & Nazis “fine people” tells you all you need to know. #SMDH,” tweeted Yvette Nicole Brown, known for her roles on “Community” and ABC’s upcoming show “The Mayor.”

Protect the undocumented youth of our country. Defend #DACA or forever live w shame of being complicit in racism/xenophobia @KenPaxtonTX
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 5, 2017

That that horrible man chooses to rescind #DACA two weeks after calling the KKK & Nazis "fine people" tells you all you need to know. #SMDH
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) September 5, 2017

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley pointed out the economic cost of ending the DACA program: “Ending #DACA is not only a heartless betrayal to courageous young #DREAMers, but also a devastating $460 billion blow to America’s economy,” he said in a tweet, and followed it up with a call on Congress to stop the move.
Indeed, Congress has some time to act in opposition to the end of the program, as the administration also announced a plan to continue renewing permits for those whose status expires in the next six months, according to CNN.
Also Read: Hollywood Loves Dreamers: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shonda Rimes, Judd Apatow, Tyler Oakley Defend DACA
“Subjecting Dreamers to mass deportation is part of the bigoted policies that are a cornerstone of @realDonaldTrump‘s admin. #DefendDACA,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Congressmen Mark Takano and Ruben Gallego both saw the move similarly to Warren.
“So, nearly a million young people must live in fear of the future because POTUS lives in fear of upsetting the ideologues in his base,” tweeted Takano.
“#DACA = the best of America: generosity, openness, compassion. This decision = the worst of Trump: pettiness, selfishness & self-interest,” Gallego chimed in.
Several media members, too, weighed in.
“Hey @realDonaldTrump you don’t even have the guts to announce this yourself? Had to have a racist do the dirty work for you. Coward. #DACA,” said Engadget senior editor Edgar Alvarez.
“Sessions not taking questions at end of #DACA announcement is a punk move,” tweeted Mother Jones’ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.
Also Read: Mark Zuckerberg and Tech Giants Call on Trump to Preserve DACA: 'I Stand With the Dreamers'
See below for more reactions, and read more about the decision to withdraw DACA here.

#DACA "that was effectuated under the Obama administration…" – Sessions for Trump…all you need to hear.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) September 5, 2017

We cannot sit back while our family, friends & neighbors are driven out of their homes. We must fight to protect Dreamers & #DefendDACA.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 5, 2017

Subjecting Dreamers to mass deportation is part of the bigoted policies that are a cornerstone of @realDonaldTrump’s admin. #DefendDACA
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 5, 2017

Important & painful-to-read thread with more details on how the cruelty of ending #DACA for #DREAMers will be implemented: https://t.co/uZmsyoRk0C
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) September 5, 2017

Now the key is to ensure that the vast information #DACA recipients gave the @USCIS is NOT used by punitive immigration authorities.
— León Krauze (@LeonKrauze) September 5, 2017

Jim Crow was the rule of law too. #DACA
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) September 5, 2017

So, nearly a million young people must live in fear of the future because POTUS lives in fear of upsetting the ideologues in his base. #DACA
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) September 5, 2017

Ending #DACA is not only a heartless betrayal to courageous young #DREAMers, but also a devastating $460 billion blow to America’s economy. https://t.co/P8lMgcak4F
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) September 5, 2017

This move to tear apart families and harm our economy is unacceptable. Congress should move immediately to make #DACA permanent. #DefendDACA
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) September 5, 2017

Also Read: Trump Plans to Kill DACA Program Protecting Immigrant 'Dreamers' in 6 Months

Hey @realDonaldTrump you don’t even have the guts to announce this yourself? Had to have a racist do the dirty work for you. Coward. #DACA
— Edgar Alvarez (@abcdedgar) September 5, 2017

#DACA = the best of America: generosity, openness, compassion. This decision = the worst of Trump: pettiness, selfishness & self-interest 1/
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) September 5, 2017

To all those whining today about #DACA but who couldn't be bothered to vote last November, let this be your reminder that elections matter.
— Bradley P. Moss, Esq (@BradMossEsq) September 5, 2017

Sessions not taking questions at end of #DACA announcement is a punk move.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) September 5, 2017

The end of #DACA will go down in history as one of the most cowardly and cruel acts undertaken by this Administration.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) September 5, 2017

Rescinding #DACA may be the single cruelest, most heartless thing a president has ever done. The exact opposite of what America is all about
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) September 5, 2017

Related stories from TheWrap:Trump Administration Announces Decision to Phase Out DACAHollywood, Tech Leaders Denounce Trump’s Plan to Scrap DACA: ‘Heartless Prick’Trump Plans to Kill DACA Program Protecting Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ in 6 MonthsMark Zuckerberg and Tech Giants Call on Trump to Preserve DACA: ‘I Stand With the Dreamers’

Source: The Wrap

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