TheDream.US, the nation's largest scholarship program for Dreamers, said Bezos donated $33 million in a scholarship grant-one of largest grants in the organization's history-to give 1,000 undocumented immigrant high school graduates who are part of the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program the opportunity to go to college. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pershing Square Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are also among the other major contributers to the program.
Jeff Bezos reportedly wanted to honor his adoptive father, Miguel Bezos, who was an immigrant himself.
"My dad came to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Bezos said in a press release, referring to an early 1960s program by the Roman Catholic Church and the USA government that brought 14,000 children from Cuba without their parents following Fidel Castro's communist takeover. "With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country he feels blessed him in so many ways".
Bezos has been vocal in pressuring the Trump administration and Congress to bring back protections for these immigrants, known as Dreamers.
The Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) is a government program that is on its way out after a controversial decision of the Trump administration past year.
As members of Congress debate the future of a program that temporarily protects from deportation almost 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, the world's richest man has delivered a strong message. Additionally, applicants for the program should not have any serious criminal records.
Jeff Bezos has donated $33 million to provide college scholarships to a group of immigrants who were brought to the USA as children and temporarily protected from deportation under a program the Trump administration is phasing out.
Political analysts have noted that Jeff Bezos, now the world's richest man, announced his donation at a critical time wherein Congress and the Trump administration are at odds regarding DACA. Nevertheless, the $33 million charity donation from the couple is certainly considered a big help for the nonprofit group in order to send another group of Dreamers to college.