Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for Dreamers

Jeff Bezos Donates $33 Million To Scholarship Fund For'Dreamers

Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest person in the world

Amid intense talks in Washington over the fate of undocumented students in the US with legal protection, Jeff Bezos - Amazon founder and CEO, Washington Post owner and frequent target of President Trump - and his wife MacKenzie donated $33 million to a scholarship program that helps thousands of immigrant teens pay for college.

The first cohort of TheDream.US students will graduate from college in May.

The money will go to TheDream.US, the largest scholarship program for Dreamers. Dreamers receive a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help pay the cost of tuition, fees and books.

"My dad came to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Bezos said in a release from TheDream.US. "We're a three-and-a-half-year-old program, so we don't yet have graduation rates", said Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US.

"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said.

Politico reports that the money is going to TheDream.US, which is a nonprofit co-founded by the former owner of the Washington Post, Don Graham. "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".

President Donald Trump announced that his administration will allow DACA to expire unless Congress is able to pass legislation that will keep it intact.

Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status.

Bezos, the world's wealthiest man, has faced criticism in the past for not engaging in philanthropy at the same level as fellow multi-billionaires like Bill Gates.

"We haven't forgotten you, who you really are", he said.

In a bid to bolster the negotiations, more than 100 corporate leaders this week co-signed a letter to Congress calling for immediate legal relief to dreamers.

"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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