Jeff Bezos to donate $33M in college scholarships to DACA students
When announcing When announcing the donation, Bezos mentioned his father, who came to the U.S. from Cuba at 16 "...alone and unable to speak English.
Jeff Bezos arrives for the premiere of "The Post" on Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they will donate $33 million to help young undocumented immigrants who had obtained DACA status to pay for college.
Bezos, whose father came to the U.S. from Cuba, said the donation will help fund the college tuition of a thousand young immigrants who are now pursing higher education.
“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Bezos said in apressrelease, referring to an early 1960sprogram by the Roman Catholic Church and the U.S. government that brought 14,000 children from Cuba without their parents following Fidel Castro's communist takeover.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, the Obama-era program that allowed young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children to remain in the country.
Bezos' donation comes as immigrants with DACA are feeling heightened anxiety and insecurityover losing their permission to stay in the U.S. and work. President Donald Trump ended the DACA program that gave them temporary protections. Congress has been trying to negotiate a solution, but Republicans and Democrats are having trouble reaching an agreement.
The donation grant will be given to the nonprofit TheDream.US, which is the nation's largest scholarship program for "Dreamers" in the country. The nonprofit partners with more than 70 low-cost colleges in 15 states, and helps DACA recipients with financial aid, books and more. Right now there are about 800,00 Dreamers who are living with DACA status in the U.S