Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Jeff Bezos Donated Millions To Dreamers In Honor Of Immigrant Father

Jeff Bezos Donated Millions To Dreamers In Honor Of Immigrant Father

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they will donate $33 million to help young undocumented immigrants who had obtained DACA status to pay for college, NBC News reported.

According to TheDream.US, Bezos's donation is the largest in the organization's history and will provide 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of USA high schools with DACA status the chance to enroll in college.

The three co-founders of TheDream.US are Don Graham; Henry Munoz of Munoz and Company, San Antonio, TX; and Carlos Gutierrez of Miami, FL, former US Secretary of Commerce.

Though the timing may be coincidental, Friday's news caps off a busy week for US immigration policy: The Trump administration announced the end of Temporary Protected Status for almost 200,000 people from El Salvador; a federal judge in California ordered Trump to keep DACA protections in place until lawsuits against its rollback are resolved; and the president caused public outcry after he reportedly decried protections for people from "shithole countries" like Haiti and El Salvador. As the son of an immigrant himself, Bezos says he's honored he's able to help. In partnership with over 70 low-priced colleges in 15 states, TheDream.US offers individual students $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help them cover the cost of tuition, fees and books.

Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, cited the story of his father who left Cuba at the age of 16 as a part of Operation Pedro Pan.

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TheDream.US launched in 2014.

"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos.

The website noted the Dreamers have been covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) program, which President Donald Trump has moved to rescind. This program was implemented by President Obama in 2012. He was among 100 corporate leaders who sent a letter to Congress this week calling for the program's renewal.

Donations to higher education are a frequent way for the world's wealthiest individuals to spread their wealth. The corporate leaders said, "The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country".

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