The Trump administration officially announced the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It was acting Attorney General Jeff Sessions that addressed the media earlier today to make the announcement that the program that offered undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children a chance to work, go to school and live a life free of fear. The announcement was met with reactions from politicians, activists and celebrities calling the move wrong and demanding that Congress act to shield those protected by DACA, known as DREAMers.
Illinois Representative Luis Gutierrez was quick to respond to the news that DACA is being rescinded.
— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) September 5, 2017
“I personally will not support any funding bill that does not include a safe harbor for DREAMers – and I will work to have others join me in opposition,” Rep. Gutierrez says in a statement. “If they need our votes, we are bringing 800,000 young immigrants with us.”
Texas Representative Joaquin Castro called the decision what it is: a tragedy.
President Trump’s decision to end DACA is a tragedy for our nation. Congress must immediately pass legislation to protect Dreamers. pic.twitter.com/gUh3XgeJfe
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) September 5, 2017
“Republicans must make a choice: will they stand with President Trump and help carry out his mass deportation plan, or will they act on behalf of the majority of Americans who support DACA? This decision is not just about policy; it defines our morality,” Rep. Castro says in a statement. “There has never been a more urgent need for Congress to act and take a stand for Dreamers.”
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, who represents Nevada, pointed to Trump’s lack of conviction about the DACA announcement.
.@realDonaldTrump just stood behind his AG to attack the lives of 100s of thousands of productive, taxpaying, & patriotic aspiring Americans
— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) September 5, 2017
General Attorney Sessions made the announcement this morning to the press with President Trump nowhere to be found.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo didn’t rest on the importance of the decision.
Rescinding #DACA is just feeding the beast of bigotry red meat.
That’s all this is about.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 5, 2017
There are more than 30,000 DACA recipients living in New York City alone. The loss of 30,000 people from the workforce would have a noticeable impact.
Cher went straight or the “open your home then” argument and shut 👏🏽 it 👏🏽 down. 👏🏽
Those Who Can Must Take a DREAMER In2 Their Home & Protect Them‼️I’m Ready 2 Do This & 🙏🏻Others in MY BUSINESS WILL DO THE SAME‼️SANCTUARY
— Cher (@cher) September 5, 2017
Didn’t even give them the chance to use that argument.
Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is calling on Congress to give the Dream Act serious consideration to save DREAMers.
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) September 5, 2017
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, teamed up with California Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard to introduce the new DREAM Act of 2017. The same bill was introduced to the Senate by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican. The Dream Act 2017 has bipartisan support and would offer the very people impacted by today’s decision a chance to stay in the U.S.
Political activist America Ferrera pledged her support to DREAMers.
Dreamers- you have led your own movement from the start w/ courage, dignity & beauty. I feel privileged to follow & stand w/you #HereToStay
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) September 5, 2017
✊🏻 ✊🏼 ✊🏽 ✊🏾 ✊🏿
President Obama, who created the DACA program via executive order, also made a strong statement.
To target hopeful young strivers who grew up here is wrong, because they’ve done nothing wrong. My statement: https://t.co/TCxZdld7L4
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 5, 2017
“Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules,” President Obama wrote on Facebook. “But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.”
Fifth Harmony member had some very strong words for President Trump.
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) September 4, 2017
👀 👀 👀
And for all those asking why legislation wasn’t passed during Obama’s presidency, Rep. Castro laid that to rest by reminding us of the Republican obstructionists.
He did. The Dream Act passed the House but failed in the Senate, getting 55 of 60 votes needed to overcome Republican filibuster. https://t.co/1TXtMrIaCs
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) September 4, 2017
We could have avoided this but Republicans didn’t want to vote to pass this legislation.