Facebook’s Zuckerberg on DACA: “Sad day for our country”

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says today is a “sad day for our country,” referring to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  program. After Attorney General Sessions announced that the DACA program would be rescinded, Zuckerberg took to his social media platform to disagree.

DACA provides temporary amnesty to young illegal aliens brought to the country as children. Many, including AG Sessions, have called the program an “unconstitutional immigration policy.”

President Trump pledged to end the program when he took office. Many conservatives felt he had to end the program to signal that he was serious about fixing the country’s immigration problem.

Many liberals, on the other hand, felt that ending the program would be devastating to children who had no choice as to whether they would enter the country illegally. Yet the problem with that logic, as many have pointed out, is that parents then have the incentive to bring their children here as youngsters, as the children would face no consequences and be provided with governmental assistance.

Zuckerberg, a left-leaning multi-billionaire, said the decision to end DACA was “wrong” and “cruel.” According to the Facebook founder, those taking advantage of the program, dubbed “dreamers,” were lured out of the shadows, only to be punished.

Defending their rights to be in America, Zuckerberg wrote: “The young people covered by DACA are our friends and neighbors.”

“DACA protects 800,000 Dreamers — young people brought to this country by their parents,” he added. “Six months from today, new DACA recipients will start to lose their ability to work legally and will risk immediate deportation every day.”

Dreamers, who are able to attend school and college, have been offered scholarships and grants that present them with many advantages, including one offer of a free college education. As DML News CEO Dennis Michael Lynch points out, that kind of support, as well as other components of the program, can hurt American-born children, many of whom are not offered such programs.

Zuckerberg is now calling on Congress to “do the right thing” and act to protect Dreamers with legislation. You may read his post in its entirety here:

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.

The young people covered by DACA are our friends and neighbors. They contribute to our communities and to the economy. I’ve gotten to know some Dreamers over the past few years, and I’ve always been impressed by their strength and sense of purpose. They don’t deserve to live in fear.

DACA protects 800,000 Dreamers — young people brought to this country by their parents. Six months from today, new DACA recipients will start to lose their ability to work legally and will risk immediate deportation every day.

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.

Our team at FWD.us has been working alongside Dreamers in this fight, and we’ll be doing even more in the weeks ahead to make sure Dreamers have the protections they deserve.

If you live in the US, call your members of Congress and tell them to do the right thing. We have always been a nation of immigrants, and immigrants have always made our nation stronger. You can learn more and get connected at Dreamers.FWD.us.

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