Former President Barack Obama plans on speaking out if President Trump decides to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to Politico.
A source close to Obama told Politico Monday that former president would not remain silent if those who receive DACA protections are suddenly vulnerable to deportation.
“Back to a country they don’t know with a language they don’t speak?” Politico’s source said of so-called “Dreamers” shielded by DACA. “It’s cruel.”
The person familiar with Obama’s plans said the former president intends to post a statement on Facebook and then link to it on Twitter.
Obama boasts about 94.4 million Twitter followers, and 54 million users have also liked his Facebook page.
The person who’s close to Obama, however, added that the former president’s statement might change depending on how Trump ultimately handles DACA.
Trump is expected to make a formal announcement about DACA’s fate this Tuesday after months of wrestling with the issue.
Politico reported Sunday that Trump will end the controversial program following a six-month delay.
Obama used executive actions to start DACA in June 2012, a move which critics have argued was an overreach of his presidential powers.
DACA temporarily blocks undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children and then sought work permits from deportation.
Dreamers can apply for a renewable work permit every two years, and nearly 800,000 people who entered the U.S. illegally as children have since benefited from DACA.
Trump has struggled with the implications of killing DACA this year after calling it illegal “amnesty” during his 2016 election campaign.
Obama, meanwhile, warned during his last press conference as president that he would defend DACA against attempts to eliminate it.
“The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves, I think would be something that would merit me speaking out,” he said on Jan. 18.