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

“That that horrible man chooses to rescind #DACA two weeks after calling the KKK & Nazis ‘fine people’ tells you all you need to know,” tweets Yvette Nicole Brown

Last Updated: September 5, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

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 or forever live w shame of being complicit in racism/xenophobia.”

“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.”

Former vice president Joe Biden called the move “cruel,” and said it was “not American.”

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley pointed out the economic cost of ending the DACA program: “Ending is not only a heartless betrayal to courageous young , 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.

“Subjecting Dreamers to mass deportation is part of the bigoted policies that are a cornerstone of ‘s admin. ,” 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.

= 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 you don’t even have the guts to announce this yourself? Had to have a racist do the dirty work for you. Coward. ,” said Engadget senior editor Edgar Alvarez.

“Sessions not taking questions at end of announcement is a punk move,” tweeted Mother Jones’ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

See below for more reactions, and read more about the decision to withdraw DACA here.