The White House is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.
To qualify for the program, individuals must register with the government, pass multiple background checks and pay taxes.
Over 97 percent of the 800,000 "dreamers" who qualify for the program are in school or the workforce. Many serve in the armed forces.
The decision has been met with sharp criticism by business leaders like Javier Palomarez, CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Palomarez resigned from Trump's Diversity Coalition saying, "As a nation of immigrants, we have a moral responsibility to support and defend 'Dreamers,' who arrived to this country — at the average age of six — through no fault of their own. These individuals have already become dynamic contributors to our American economy and play an important role in our communities."