A number of celebrities took to social media on Thursday to applaud the Supreme Court's decision to reject President Donald Trump's administrative decision to end DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], the program that gives legal protection to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
The DACA program was created in 2012 by former President Barack Obama's administration. According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to keep DACA intact means 650,000 people who are enrolled will get to keep their protections, which last two years.
Obama tweeted on Thursday, "Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation. Today, I'm happy for them, their families, and all of us. We may look different and come from everywhere, but what makes us American are our shared ideals….and now to stand up for those ideals, we have to move forward and elect @JoeBiden and a Democratic Congress that does its job, protects DREAMers, and finally creates a system that’s truly worthy of this nation of immigrants once and for all."
Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted about the decision, "#HomeIsHere."
Singer Becky G said the ruling brought her to tears.
"Literally have tears in my eyes after seeing that the Supreme Court ruled against the trump administration & in favor of the DACA program," she wrote. "In the last days we’ve received news for our LGBTQ+ 🏳️🌈 protection rights and now protection for our DREAMERS! 💜."
Literally have tears in my eyes after seeing that the Supreme Court ruled against the trump administration & in favor of the DACA program. In the last days we’ve recieved news for our LGBTQ+ 🏳️🌈 protection rights and now protection for our DREAMERS! 💜🙏🏽— Becky G. (@iambeckyg) June 18, 2020
Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo tweeted, "Omg!!! This is so beautiful! We love you DACA Americans! You make the world a more beautiful and inspiring place."
Omg!!! This is so beautiful! We love you DACA Americans! You make the world a more beautiful and inspiring place. https://t.co/Qxfi7SnpnO— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2020
John Legend called the decision "more good news from the Supreme Court this week!" after the Supreme Court also ruled on Monday that it is illegal for an employer to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
More good news from the Supreme Court this week! https://t.co/MWAiWBJ2rU— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2020
Read on for more reactions:
Now THIS is America living up to its promise!! To all you dreamers, I celebrate with you today! https://t.co/g3JKEE48Y5— Viola Davis (@violadavis) June 18, 2020
You are a real life superhero @ErikaAndiola. Thank you to ALL the heroes who worked to make this possible and impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. #DACAWins #HomeIsHere https://t.co/4RBkuWnk8O— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 18, 2020
Amazing. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the opinion. The ruling was a blow to one of Trump’s central campaign promises to “immediately terminate” an executive order by Obama that Trump had called an illegal executive amnesty for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. https://t.co/jWElSN2q3k— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 18, 2020