$33M Bezos Donation Will Send 1K Dreamers to College


The donation is the largest given to TheDream.US, which was founded in 2013 by the former owner of the Washington Post, Don Graham.

Though the timing may be coincidental, Friday's news caps off a busy week for US immigration policy: The Trump administration announced the end of Temporary Protected Status for almost 200,000 people from El Salvador; a federal judge in California ordered Trump to keep DACA protections in place until lawsuits against its rollback are resolved; and the president caused public outcry after he reportedly decried protections for people from "shithole countries" like Haiti and El Salvador.

The donation from Bezos, who is the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth just shy of US$100 billion ($137.8b), will go towards funding 1,000 college scholarships, according to the Daily Mail.

"My dad came to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Bezos said in a statement. "He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said in a statement.

"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos.

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This grant will provide 1000 scholarships for the high school graduates that were enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program aka DACA. "We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students".

Marshall told Observer that Bezos' gift was coming "at a critical point in time", given that President Donald Trump plans to phase out DACA in March unless Congress replaces it.

He said that, despite the uncertainty, he encourages DACA recipients to apply for the scholarships.

Earlier this week Bezos joined tech titans like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook in co-signing a letter to Congress demanding protection for Dreamers. In late December, the president called for the U.S. Postal Service to raise shipping rates that it charges Amazon.com in a deal that he said disadvantages the federal agency.

According to CBS News, it is the biggest donation made in the history of the organization.