The Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which keeps young, undocumented immigrants from being deported, didn't go over well with late night hosts.
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Commenting on his writing style, Meyers cracked, "Trump ends every tweet like he's jumping out from behind a door to scare you."
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
"Even though his decision is unpopular, Trump bravely stepped up, then cringed back and had somebody else announce it," Colbert joked. "That someone was Attorney General and turnip-that-learned-to-hate Jeff Sessions."
Imitating Sessions and his Southern accent, Colbert said, "As my mama used to say, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. Now get out of the country.'"
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Explaining the possible consequences of phasing DACA out, Corden said, "Now, this means a lot of immigrants may get sent back to their native countries. When she heard this, Melania (Trump) said, 'I volunteer as tribute.'"
Continuing in his NSFW monologue, Corden said, "The immigrants who've benefitted from DACA, they've been called DREAMers, and Sessions explained that the kids will still be dreamers but in more of A Nightmare on Elm Street-sort of way."
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Noah sarcastically offered President Trump a compliment for having Sessions make the announcement. "Very smart, President Trump. How do you soften the blow when telling the kids the bad news? You get one of Santa's elves to do it," Noah said. "Nicely played. Nicely played. Plus, he can sneak in through the chimney to deport them. I see what you did there."
Jimmy Kimmel Live
In addition to creating a spoof ad to protect Trump's "children of immigrants" with Ivana Trump — Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric — the JKL crew also crafted punchlines about the unwinding of the policy.
"The president's spokesperson said it was a difficult decision," Kimmel began, "the president's been debating it for months, but ultimately, Donald Trump believes that if these kids want to be American, they have to do it the right way — by marrying Donald Trump."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
In addition to announcing The Tonight Show will donate $1 million to J.J. Watt's fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey victims, Fallon also touched on DACA Tuesday night. "Trump wants to end the DACA program, but only after a six-month delay," Fallon said in his show opener. "You know, 'cause by then, it'll be President Pence's problem."
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