×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CBS’ Leslie Moonves ‘Very Concerned’ About Trump’s DACA Decision, Calls on Congress to Protect Dreamers

CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves has joined a growing chorus of entertainment and media executive criticizing the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“I’m very concerned about the impact this decision will have on the young, undocumented immigrants who dared to dream of a future in America, were promised safety here, and are an important part of our economic life,” Moonves said in a statement Wednesday. “I urge Washington to pass legislation that protects these young people who were raised in our country and had every reason to rely on our goodwill and support.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said that President Donald Trump’s administration would “wind down” DACA. The program, enacted under President Barack Obama, protects children who came to the U.S. with their undocumented parents. Following Sessions’ announcement, Trump asked Congress to pass legislation to address the status of those affected by the program’s end, which would not occur for another six months.

The decision to rescind DACA opens the door to the potential deportation of as many as 800,000 people who had been covered by the program.

The move generated criticism from a number of chief executives. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger called the reversal “cruel and misguided.” Comcast-owned NBCUniversal division Telemundo said the company was “disheartened” by the decision, while Comcast issued a statement Wednesday from its chief diversity officer David L. Cohen saying that the company was “disappointed.” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish signed a letter from business leaders urging Trump not to end the program — and was joined by other executives such as AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

More TV

  • 'The Other Two' Bosses on Justin

    'The Other Two' Bosses on Justin Bieber as Inspiration for New Comedy Central Show

    After Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider’s tenure at “Saturday Night Live,” where they became the show’s youngest co-head writers and wrote music videos like the instant hit “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” the two headed to Comedy Central to do more “big dumb broad stuff and make fun of pop culture,” says Kelly. Their [...]

  • Alec Baldwin

    Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty to Harassment in Parking Spot Fight

    Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to a harassment charge stemming from an altercation over a parking spot, Variety confirmed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Deputy Press Secretary. The “Saturday Night Live” star was sentenced to a conditional discharge on Wednesday and will take a short-term anger management class. Baldwin was charged with attempted assault in the [...]

  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher Variety Facetime

    JoAnna Garcia Swisher Joins ABC Comedy Pilot 'Happy Accident'

    JoAnna Garcia Swisher has signed on for a leading role in the ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Happy Accident,” Variety has learned. She joins previously announced cast member Matt Walsh. The show follows two Pittsburgh families – father Bud (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced [...]

  • Avi Saxena - Discovery

    Discovery Hires Amazon's Avi Saxena as CTO of Direct-to-Consumer Unit, Will Open Seattle Office

    Discovery hired Avi Saxena, former VP of technology for Amazon Marketplace, as chief technology officer of direct-to-consumer. Saxena reports to the guy who was his boss at Amazon: Peter Faricy, who was appointed CEO of Discovery’s Global Direct-to-Consumer division in August 2018 and who headed up the Amazon Marketplace third-party seller business. In the newly created [...]

  • Sean Hannity Reveals Broadband Plans for

    Sean Hannity Reveals His Plans for Fox News Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sean Hannity sometimes tells younger colleagues at Fox News Channel that he is “the bridge between two generations of Fox” because he has been part of its primetime lineup since 1996. Now he may serve a similar purpose for a third. Fox News will next week bring Hannity to the world of video-streaming, launching “Hannity [...]

  • SUITS -- "Whale Hunt" Episode 812

    'Suits' Renewed for Ninth and Final Season at USA Network

    “Suits” has been renewed for Season 9 at USA Network, which will be the show’s last. The announcement comes ahead of the premiere of the back half of Season 8, which debuts tonight. The final season of “Suits” will consist of 10 episodes. The series, which hails from creator Aaron Korsh, has aired on the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content