Hollywood and tech leaders have begun mobilizing following reports that President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, with a six-month delay.
Actor George Takei called the move “cruel, divisive and politically motivated,” while director Rob Reiner concluded: “Unfortunately there is no other way to say this: Donald J. Trump is a heartless prick.”
Major tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also decried the move and urged Congress to pass legislation for protection of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children with parents who entered the country illegally or stayed without proper documentation.
Implemented by the Obama Administration in 2012, DACA allows those young immigrants to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible to receive a work permit.
If Trump follows through with his plans, current DACA recipients will be at risk of deportation.
Hollywood stars, politicians and business leaders reacted to the report with strong disapproval, condemning Trump for planning to lift the program and urging the Republican-controlled Congress to come up with a replacement.
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
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) September 4, 2017
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) September 4, 2017
This Dreamer Died Saving Harvey Flood Victims. His Body Was Found The Day Reports Surfaced Trump Will Kill DACA | https://t.co/OzVOwkMmEF
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 4, 2017
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) September 4, 2017
Seems like standing up for children against Trump & his Alt-Right compadres about Ending DACA should be a home run for the Pro-Life crew.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) September 4, 2017
he has none – zero https://t.co/DAXngr9PtH
— ROSIE (@Rosie) September 4, 2017
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) September 4, 2017
Ending DACA would be Trump’s most evil act https://t.co/PkwyDFQOi3
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 4, 2017
— Jonny Lee Miller (@jonnyjlm) September 4, 2017
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) September 4, 2017
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
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) September 4, 2017
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) September 4, 2017
Ending DACA would be nothing short of heartless. It's on us to demand a vote on the DREAM Act. We must stand with our Dreamers. https://t.co/pi30H6mA1J
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 4, 2017
#DACA > MAGA
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 4, 2017
There is no economic, national security or social cohesion rationale for ending DACA. This is purely Trump's nod to racial resentment.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 4, 2017
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) September 4, 2017
Trump’s plan to deport Dreamers in 6 mos. is cruel, divisive and politically motivated. Shame on him, and shame on us for electing him.
Unfortunately there is no other way to say this: Donald J. Trump is a heartless prick.
Our country should protect children. Period. This should not be even a discussion.