Tech giants and Hollywood stars blasted President Donald Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA.
Two sources close to the president told Politico on Sunday that Trump made his decision after an afternoon meeting with his aides.
DACA is an Obama-era initiative that grants work permits undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country by family members as children.
Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to change his profile picture to support Dreamers on Sunday. He also wrote a post supporting the Obama-era initiative last week
Approximately 790,000 people known as ‘Dreamers’ are protected under DACA according to Pew research.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile picture to say ‘I support DACA’ on Saturday. Zuckerberg is currently on a ‘listening tour’ of the US where he is sitting down with community leaders from each state.
He wrote on Facebook several days earlier: ‘I stand with the Dreamers – the young people brought to our country by their parents.’
‘Many have lived here as long as they can remember. Dreamers have a special love for this country because they can’t take living here for granted.’
Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted support for the program as well. ‘He wrote: 250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.’
Hollywood superstars also took to social media to slam Trump’s decision.
Lena Dunham, who has been a consistent critic of Trump and supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign, tweeted: ‘Imagine if the president could understand that the recipients of DACA ARE the Americans he’s been tasked with protecting #saveDACA.’
Gina Rodriguez and Lena Dunham also took to Twitter to blast the repealing of DACA
‘Jane the Virgin’ star Gina Rodriguez tweeted: ‘More I stand with Dreamers. #defendDaca.’
Her CW TV show often focuses on immigration since Jane’s grandmother is an undocumented immigrant in the series.
Actor and director Rob Reiner criticized Trump, saying on Twitter: ‘Unfortunately, there is no other way to say this: Donald J. Trump is a heartless p****.
Source: The Daily Mail