On Friday, Bezos and his wife, author MacKenzie Bezos, donated $33 million to TheDream.US, an organization that funds scholarships for immigrants known as Dreamers who were brought to the USA illegally as children.
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.
"My dad came to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", said Jeff Bezos.
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Bezos donation is expected to cover scholarships for approximately 1,000 illegal immigrants who are now still in the country under the Obama-era DACA policy. "With a lot of grit and determination... my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways". "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships", he said. Almost 3,000 students are now part of TheDream.US program.
TheDream.US is the largest scholarship program in the country for participants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA), who are often called Dreamers.
The first cohort of TheDream.US students will graduate from college in May. The scholarship helps Dreamers who might otherwise be unable to afford college.
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Left to right: Steve Poore, Christina Poore, Mike Bezos, Jackie Bezos, Jeff Bezos, and MacKenzie Bezos at the opening of the Bezos Family Immunotherapy Clinic. They are ineligible for federal grants and loans; get no state aid in 44 states; and must pay out-of-state or worldwide tuition-often more than three times in-state tuition-in more than 15 states. They also get no state aid in 44 states and and must pay out-of-state or worldwide tuition in more than 15 states.
With this new position may come increased public scrutiny towards Bezos' giving, or lack thereof, as it did for Bill Gates when he ascended to the mantle. They live in Seattle and have four children.
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TheDream.US is co-founded by Don Graham, Henry Munoz and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.