Mark Zuckerberg said that young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents should be allowed to stay in the country and criticized those who want to expel them as politically motivated.
“No one should try to deport them just to make a political point, and leaders who threaten to remove their protections must make the right choice,” Zuckerberg writes in a Facebook publication.
“DACA has helped 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents to live, work and contribute to this country,” he wrote in the publication, which had been “loved” or reacted by 36,000 people from Sunday afternoon.
The comments put Zuckerberg in the middle of a controversial political battle that could soon be directed to the courts.
President Trump could be ready to end the program after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed it with senior officials at the White House last Thursday, Reuters reported.
Last month, a group of 10 state attorneys general sent a letter to Trump, threatening to sue if he continues DACA, which Obama created by decree in 2012.
Zuckerberg’s post highlighted a pro-DACA opinion piece written last week by Donald Graham, president of the Graham Holdings Company and former editor of the Washington Post, whom Zuckerberg called “my friend.”
The Washington Post, now owned by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, has been heavily criticized by Trump.
Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, was among the officials who signed the letter asking Trump to remove the DACA program.
In January, Zuckerberg wrote a publication shortly after President Trump signed executive orders prohibiting the admission of immigrants from a group of countries to the Middle East.
“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do it by focusing on those who really represent a threat. Expanding law enforcement beyond those who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented people who do not pose a threat will live in the fear of deportation. We should also keep our doors open for refugees and those who need help. This is what we are, “Zuckerberg said.