Mark Zuckerberg calls Trump ending DACA 'cruel' and 'a sad day for our country'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday “cruel” and “a sad day for our country.”

“This is a sad day for our country,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. “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.”

President Trump recently signalled plans to rescind the controversial Obama-era policy that shields from deportation nearly 800,000 young immigrants brought to the US illegally as minors.

In response, Zuckerberg quickly organised a joint letter with roughly 300 business leaders from companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon calling on the government to protect the rights of so-called Dreamers. The letter was organised by FWD.us, the immigration reform organisation Zuckerberg cofounded in 2013.

Now that the Trump administration has said it will officially end DACA, Zuckerberg has called on Congress to pass legislation that would give Dreamers “a pathway to citizenship,” he wrote on Tuesday. Other tech companies, including Microsoft and Apple CEO Tim Cook, also voiced their condemnation of Trump’s decision to end DACA on Tuesday.

You can read Zuckerberg’s full post on the ending of DACA below:

PostbyMark Zuckerberg.

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