Jeff Bezos donates US$33 million to scholarship fund for 'Dreamers'


The money will be used to fund 1,000 college scholarships for undocumented immigrant high school graduates who are studying in the USA under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"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 after Fidel Castro's communist government took power. The two just donated the money to TheDream.US, which provides scholarships to Dreamers, and their donation will give 1,000 DACA recipients money to attend college.

Jeff Bezos, who recently became the richest person in the world, is himself the son of an immigrant.

The $33 million donation is the largest contribution to the program, which was established in 2014 by Donald Graham, the former publisher of The Washington Post. The White House said Thursday that no deal has been reached yet. They are ineligible for federal grants and loans; get no state aid in 44 states; and must pay out-of-state or global tuition-often more than three times in-state tuition-in more than 15 states.

Bezos said his adpoted father came to the USA from Cuba unable to speak English. As the son of an immigrant himself, Bezos says he's honored he's able to help.

In a news release, Bezos said, "My dad came here to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan".

In September, Trump ended DACA, an Obama-era program protecting young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation. He was among 100 corporate leaders who sent a letter to Congress this week calling for the program's renewal. Hopefully, Congress will take heed and take the necessary steps to make sure that Dreamers are fully protected from the Trump administration. The corporate leaders said, "The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country".