The day after the Labor Day holiday seemed like an ordinary day as people returned to work, but for thousands of undocumented residents, who were brought to the United States as children, it was as the day a door to working legally in U.S. began to close.

In  2012 President Obama signed an executive order that allowed children of illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows to walk a path toward citizenship in the United States.

In this Sept. 5, 2017 photo, supporters of DACA participate in a walk out and rally on the Campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. The walk out and rally are in response to the Trump administration that announced it would dismantle the program that protected hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation. (Josh Bachman/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)

While 800,000, mostly adult refugees, signed up for a Differed Action for Childhood Arrival Status, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Sept. 5 that President Trump was making good on his campaign promise to abolish the program.

“To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong,” former President Barack Obama posted in a rare critical statement on Facebook. “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?” Obama wrote that the Trump administration’s action is not required legally and was a political decision.

While Trump gave Congress six months to repeal and replace DACA, political observers are skeptical with a Congress that has debated this immigration measure longer than the healthcare bill. By Sept. 5 Trump was already hedging his bets, tweeting, “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”

About the only thing that is certain is that Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparked a fire storm after his announcement.

“Trump’s action on DACA is cruel — it threatens to tear families apart, puts our economy at risk, and will do nothing to unify America or make us more secure,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a statement released by the US Conference of Mayors.

“The President should open his heart to the scores of families anguished by his decision, and reverse a course where he is so plainly on the wrong side of history and justice,” Garcetti said. “DACA recipients are all of us: teachers, students, business owners, young people thinking about starting families of their own in the only country they know: the United States. They belong here. And we’ll fight for them to stay.”

Several attorney generals have said that the Trump administration overreached its power and conducted an improper move to dismantle the program. According to several news outlets, Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Eric Schneiderman of New York issued statements Sept. 4 that threatened to sue the administration if it ended DACA.

“It is evident that the Trump Administration is determined to undermine this nation’s history of inclusion, tolerance and diversity toward immigrant communities,” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker said in a statement. “From the Muslim travel ban to punishing local jurisdictions for not assisting with the federal government’s responsibility of deporting undocumented residents to, now, irreparably harming individuals who were innocent children when brought to our country, it is clear that this administration is anti-immigrant and un-American.”

While the vast majority of DACA recipients are from Mexico, according to government figures, countries such as Brazil, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Tobago are also represented.

Despite passionate criticism, most critics are facing the reality of waiting to see what members of the Republican controlled Congress will do and reassure their constituents.

“We are trying to ascertain if we have any students or “dreamers” on campus,” Morgan State University President David Wilson said in a message to students and faculty. “If we do, we’ll reach out to them directly to provide any guidance we are able to gather, and will update the campus community, as appropriate.”