Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg currently has some Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, at his house for a discussion — which will continue for public consumption on Facebook Live beginning at noon PT.
Zuckerberg, who is increasingly being floated as a 2020 presidential candidate as he has been traveling the country and meeting people, took an early stand against the Trump administration’s plan to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed undocumented immigrants who arrived as children renewable two-year periods where they would not be deported and could apply to work. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescission of the program in a Tuesday speech.
The Facebook founder blasted the move his social network, calling it a “sad day for our country.”
“The decision to end DACA is not just wrong,” he wrote “It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”
“The young people covered by DACA are our friends and neighbors,” Zuckerberg continued. “They contribute to our communities and to the economy. I’ve gotten to know some Dreamers over the past few years, and I’ve always been impressed by their strength and sense of purpose. They don’t deserve to live in fear.”
While Zuckerberg and other tech execs, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft President Brad Smith issued forceful condemnations of the Trump administration policy change, other than Disney chief Bob Iger, studio bosses have mostly remained quiet.
Watch Zuck’s Facebook Live here.