Late-Night Hosts Blast Trump on DACA Decision
“This morning, our president woke up and asked his staff, ‘Now that this hurricane is over, what is something horrible I can do to distract people from the Russia investigation?'”
Late-night took President Trump to task Tuesday after it was announced that he would "wind down" former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young immigrants (also known as "dreamers") brought into the country illegally as children.
“This morning, our president woke up and asked his staff, ‘Now that this hurricane is over, what is something horrible I can do to distract people from the Russia investigation?'” Jimmy Kimmel joked in his Jimmy Kimmel Live! opener.
“Someone said, ‘You know, there are 800,000 innocent kids you can deport for no good reason.’ And he said ‘Done and done!’,” Kimmel teased.
“And this is what Trump wants to do away with — mostly because President Obama is the one who ordered it,” Kimmel explained, adding, “It seems like his main agenda is just to undo everything Obama did. I hope he doesn’t bring Bin Laden back to life.”
The Late Show's Stephen Colbert called the decision “a man-made disaster" in Washington.
“The things is, the vast majority of Americans like this program. So by canceling it, Trump has stepped in some deep DACA,” he joked.
Colbert also poked fun at the fact that Trump did not make the announcement himself, instead he had Attorney General Jeff Sessions do it, or as Colbert calls him "the Turnip That Learned to Hate." "As my mama used to say, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, now get out of the country,'” he joked, imitating Sessions.
In response to the attorney general's comments that the decision does not mean “that our nation disrespects or demeans [dreamers] in any way,” Colbert agreed, saying, "You are right, Jeff. Deporting innocent children does not mean they are bad people. It means you are a bad person.”
Over at The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah also mocked Sessions, calling him "one of Santa's Elves" who made the announcement instead of Trump to "soften the blow."
After showing a news clip of Trump saying that the people affected aren't actually kids, but are in fact "young adults," Noah retorts, "Yeah, but when 39-year-old Don Jr. tries to collude with Russia, Trump is all like 'He's a good boy. He's a good kid. He's my baby.'"
Imploring Trump to remember that "800,000 is not just a number, it's 800,000 real people," the host then plays another clip of a Texas paramedic who, in addition to being a dreamer, assisted in rescue missions during Hurricane Harvey. "Those are the kinds of people who are literally making America great again," he said.