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On Tuesday, September 5, president Trump confirmed what many people had feared: He ordered to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

US attorney general Jeff Sessions announced the decision, stating that DACA "denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs."

That's right, Trump didn't deliver the news himself. 

Sessions said, "We are people of compassion, and we are people of law, but there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration law."

Trump also tried to wash his hands from the situation by calling upon Congress to come up with a solution.

"Above all else, we must remember that young Americans have dreams too. Being in government means setting priorities. Our first and highest priority in advancing immigration reform must be to improve jobs, wages, and security for American workers and their families. It is now time for Congress to act!" his statement defending an end to the Obama-era program read.

As soon as the news became official, social media was flooded with outrage.

Beneficiaries of DACA expressed their fears...

...while others tried to remain positive during such a dark time.

Political figures shared their disgust as well.

Latinx celeb activists used their influence and massive followings to denounce the president's decision.

Even former president Barack Obama made a statement. He called Trump's verdict "self-defeating" and "cruel."

Part of his message read, "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. 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?"

It's safe to say that people are angry — and that's only scratching the surface.

Donald Trump ends DACA program
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An estimated 800,000 DREAMers will be at risk of deportation once their permits expire. The frustration, sadness, and disappointment from people is warranted. 

So much for Trump handling DACA "with heart."