- Jeff Bezos donated $33 million to provide college scholarships to illegal immigrants brought to the US as children by their parents, known as ‘Dreamers.’
- Bezos has been vocal in pressuring the Trump administration and Congress to bring back protections to Dreamers.
- Bezos made the donation in honor of his father, who fled Cuba to the US alone when he was 15, went to college in the US, and lived the American dream, including raising the boy who would found Amazon and become the richest man in the world.
As members of Congress duke it out over if and how they will solve the situation of 800,000 illegal immigrants brought to the US as children – the world’s richest man has stepped in with a strong message.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are donating $33 million to Thedream.us, an organization that helps Dreamers pay for a college education.
The money will fund the education of 1,000 Dreamers, if they have graduated from high school and they are part of the The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is a program that began under former President Barack Obama that allowed Dreamers to obtain school visas, get jobs, pay taxes, and so on.
But the DACA program didn’t solve the underlying problem: Dreamers still live in a legal gray zone. So traditional forms of paying for college, like government grants and students loans, were often unavailable to them.
Bezos made the donation in honor of his father, Mike Bezos, who fled Cuba alone when he was 15. Mike eventually worked his way through the University of Albuquerque and then went on to work at Exxon as a petroleum engineer before meeting Jeff’s mom, Jackie, the daughter of a high-level Atomic Energy Commission official.
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