On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Obama-era policy protected approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, from deportation.
The move brought a storm of criticism from across the country, including many voices from Hollywood and Washington D.C. Among the most prominent protesters are Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Josh Gad, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shailene Woodley, and Ava DuVernay.
“No time to waste – we’ve got to fight with everything we’ve got to #DefendDACA,” Clinton wrote.
“If Trump decides to end DACA, it will be one of the ugliest and cruelest decisions ever made by a president in our modern history,” Sanders tweeted.
“Adult illegal aliens.” Just a disgusting display of prejudice, ignorance and heartlessness. But exactly what’s expected of these cowards,” DuVernay said.
President Donald Trump’s order initiated a six-month phasing out period for DACA. Trump, who previously said he would tackle the tricky issue of immigration with “heart and compassion,” said Congress will come up with a new policy to address the issue.
Administration officials said that no one’s status will be revoked before the deadline and that those whose status expires before March 5 have a one-month window to apply for a new two-year permit that will be processed.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “the compassionate thing is to end the lawlessness (and) enforce our laws,” while the administration said that the move is the “least disruptive” solution to immigration reform.
In a joint statement on the decision, the Writers Guild of America East and West said, “As we said in January, when Donald Trump first attempted to impose a ban on Muslim immigration, “From its early days, the entertainment industry has been built by the imagination of immigrants. Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from other nations, and of varying beliefs, who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful to them, we stand with them, we will fight for them.”
“This applies equally to the children of undocumented immigrants who came to this country not of their own volition but because their parents and families sought a better life and, in many instances, to escape from persecution,” the statement continued. “They have become a vital and productive part of American society and our unions, which represent many DACA recipients currently working in film, television and digital news. To summarily send them into exile, to deport them to other countries that many of them have never known, is a shameful crime of prejudice and malice.”