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NEWS | Celebrities react to Trump's decision to end DACA

From former President Obama to Cher, the decision in regards to DACA has been deemed 'cruel' and 'unnecessary'

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This week, Trump made yet another questionable move in announcing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA).

Established five years ago under the Obama presidency, DACA protects around 800,000 child immigrants who study, work countless jobs, and pay taxes (something the President has not been able to prove he does so himself). Those protected by DACA have only ever known the United States as home. "To target these young people is wrong -- because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating -- because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel," said former President Obama in a powerful statement released this past Tuesday. "What if our kid's science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn't know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?"

While the status of the policy is not yet still known, as there is a six month waiting period of Congress potentially saving the bill, many celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to speak up about the injustices currently going on in the White House. ""A cowardly act by a cruel, vindictive and heartless administration intent on tearing at the very fabric of the American dream. #shame," wrote Mark Ruffalo on his Twitter. He was not the only one - other celebrities such as Cher, Chelsea Handler, Mia Farrow, and Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui have been vocal about their opposition to this decision. ""It's incredible to me that you'll pardon a man who is known for running his prison as a Latino concentration camp and call him a patriot, but then deport kids with a dream to be successful citizens with safe lives," Jauregui wrote, in reference to Trump pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. "Pardoning criminals and criminalizing the vulnerable."

The opposition of celebrities on social media remains a powerful tool against this administration, as Trump's ego continues to inflate with every like and retweet on his most-favored platform, Twitter. It is also accompanied by a new playlist by Spotify, titled "No Moment for Silence." The playlist is another contribution by Spotify in staying in tuned to the conversation revolving around social issues and making their stance publicly known. It features commentary by artists who are both immigrants or allies to DREAMers. In the wake of Trump's Executive Order banning Muslims from entering the country, they also introduced a playlist by Muslim artists and allies titled "I'm With The Banned." Listen to their most recent playlist below:

"This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it," wrote CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg in a letter posted on his personal page. "It's time for Congress to act to pass the bipartisan Dream Act or another legislative solution that gives Dreamers a pathway to citizenship. For years, leaders from both parties have been talking about protecting Dreamers. Now it's time to back those words up with action. Show us that you can lead. No bill is perfect, but inaction now is unacceptable."

DREAMers - New York City stands with you. Know your rights.

Vanessa is a music and culture writer. Follow her on twitter.


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