Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Just Helped DREAMers in a Big Way

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is donating $33 million to a scholarship program for Dreamers - the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children, The Hill is reporting. According to the organization, the donation will allow 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of USA high schools with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status the opportunity to attend college.

"My dad came to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Bezos said in the statement.

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"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos. Trump repeatedly said that border wall funding had to be a part of the deal for it to continue.

Along with Mackenzie Bezos, his wife, the couple donated the money to TheDream.US, a nonprofit group that likes to call its beneficiaries sent to college as Dreamers. The press release also states that Bezos's donation was the largest that the organization ever received. As of now, 2,850 students are enrolled in college through this program.

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The money will help fund 1,000 college scholarships and is the largest donation yet to a fund established by Donald E. Graham, the former publisher of The Post who sold the company to Bezos in 2013.

As members of Congress debate the future of a program that temporarily protects from deportation almost 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, the world's richest man has delivered a strong message. As the son of an immigrant himself, Bezos says he's honored he's able to help. That's where TheDream.US comes in. "It is a shot in the arm for Dreamer students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the U.S.at all". The program helps roughly 700,000 Dreamers, but the Trump administration is now phasing it out. Earlier this week, Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook signed a letter to Congress demanding protection for Dreamers.

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"We know that these young people are incredible achievers already and want to be here so badly and contribute to this country and make our country greater", Munoz said.

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