Donald Trump's Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will end DACA by rolling out a termination plan that gives Congress a 6-month window to come up with legislation that resolves the Obama-era immigration program once and for all.
Twitter almost immediately erupted in anger with Hollywood stars, media figures and politicians vehemently defend the child brought over by their families aka DREAMERS, who would fall victim to Trump's DACA decision.
"A cowardly act by a cruel, vindictive and heartless administration intent on tearing at the very fabric of the American dream," Mark Ruffalo tweeted.
According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions DACA, the program that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to remain in the country, is no longer considering applications for legal status.
"We are a people of compassion and we are a people of law," Sessions said in a press conference Tuesday. "But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws."
Read a sampling of reactions on Twitter from celebrities, politicians and media alike.
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
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
Thank you. I was starting to forget what a president is supposed to sound like. https://t.co/zv7zSpJIKA— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 5, 2017
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
Brought by parents, these children had no choice in coming here. Now they'll be sent to countries they've never known. Cruel. Not America.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 5, 2017
To the streets! Find out where the DACA protest is where u live and SHOW UP! If we are ever to be a decent country, this is your moment.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 5, 2017
Trump is racist and dumb. https://t.co/y2lQlcJG98— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) September 5, 2017
We are going to do everything in our power to protect you and defend your right to stay here. I promise https://t.co/czJ5iiuBDJ— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 5, 2017
They have been here since childhood. They trusted the government. They are America. #DefendDACA— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 5, 2017
Thank you Pres Obama for your eloquent rebuke of the DACA reversal. It's times like this when your compassionate leadership is sorely missed https://t.co/XtuYp9CJaL— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 5, 2017
Donald Trump is saying in every way possible that power in America is white, straight and male and all else are targets. #DACA— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) September 5, 2017
Penalty for Brock Turner raping a woman: 3 months in jail— Moreno (@Moreno) September 5, 2017
Penalty for kids whose parents tried to improve their lives: Deportation#DACA
We cannot sit back while our family, friends & neighbors are driven out of their homes. We must fight to protect Dreamers & #DefendDACA.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 5, 2017
This isn't the Omaha steaks account on The Apprentice -- this is people's lives. You are too insane to know how insane you are. https://t.co/EeT9qhT4yN— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 5, 2017
Beyond cruelty, Tr*mp's social policies are unenforceable w/o moving us further toward a police state led by a tie salesman #DACA— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) September 5, 2017
The heartless move to rescind DACA is a betrayal of our promise to Dreamers. It’s now on Congress to pass the Dream Act. Call (202) 224-3121 https://t.co/bX1vTopqAu— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 5, 2017
Welcome to the land of Kim Jun Trump.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) September 5, 2017
White House on legality of Muslim ban: POTUS power on immigration is "beyond question"— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 4, 2017
White House on DACA: it's illegal our hands are tied
Donald Trump again shows that no child is too young or vulnerable, no step is too low, and why he is the worst President in modern history. https://t.co/bA7Jo7QJot— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) September 5, 2017
Americans know how heartless ending #DACA is; ripping apart families & telling ppl who have worked hard to become Americans they must leave.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 5, 2017
"Adult illegal aliens." Just a disgusting display of prejudice, ignorance and heartlessness. But exactly what's expected of these cowards. https://t.co/zfYrS7uizb— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 5, 2017
Sessions has been dreaming of this moment for decades -- the moment when he has the power to begin rolling back non-white immigration.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 5, 2017
FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCKYOU FUCK YOU TRUMP. #DACA— emma caulfield (@emmacaulfield) September 5, 2017
We warned you not to threaten our neighbors, @realDonaldTrump. New York City will fight to defend our Dreamers.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 5, 2017