Before returning to his live audience, Colbert used 11 words to tweet a short-but-direct message about the Trump administration’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, which granted protection from deportation to nearly 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
“Repealing DACA in order to MAGA is a load of CACA,” Colbert tweeted.
Colbert began The Late Show on Tuesday night by discussing Hurricane Harvey, saying it’s a “natural disaster which seems to be bringing people together in very heartwarming ways.”
Colbert then took aim at Trump for his administration’s decision to phase out the Obama administration’s DACA program.
“There’s a man-made disaster unfolding in Washington right now because the Trump administration has announced they are ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,” Colbert said.
“The thing is the vast majority of Americans like this program. So by cancelling this, Trump has stepped in some deep daca,” he said.
Colbert went on to say that Trump “bravely stepped up, then cringed back and had somebody else announce” the DACA decision.
“That someone was Attorney General and Turnip That Learned to Hate, Jeff Sessions,” Colbert quipped.
The host then rolled footage of Sessions announcing the end of the DACA program, initiated by former U.S. president Barack Obama.
“As my mama used to say, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, now get out of the country,” Colbert joked, imitating Sessions.
Colbert said that Sessions did not want the Dreamers who now face deportation to take the decision personally, explaining the country must limit how many people it lets in each year. This does not mean, for those who were not accepted, “that our nation disrespects or demeans them in any way,” Sessions said in the announcement.
“You are right, Jeff,” Colbert agreed. “Deporting innocent children does not mean they are bad people. It means you are a bad person.”
Colbert went on to mention the statement that Trump released.
“Trump did release a statement: ‘As president, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America. At the same time, I do not favour punishing children.’ That’s why all my children are spoiled monsters. Sociopaths,” Colbert said.
Colbert also made light of a moment during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred to Trump as “President Obama.” “Sorry — President Trump,” she said, correcting herself.
“It’s O.K., we’re sorry he’s president too,” Colbert said.
Watch Colbert in the video above.