Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donates $45 million to Dreamers scholarship program

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donates $45 million to Dreamers scholarship program

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donates $45 million to Dreamers scholarship program

The scholarship program will fund USA high school graduates with a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents - commonly known as Dreamers.

"MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships", Bezos said in a statement.

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.

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The donation is the largest given to TheDream.US, which was founded in 2013 by the former owner of the Washington Post, Don Graham. The White House said Thursday that no deal has been reached yet. Numerous students aided by the organization are unable to receive in-state benefits or federal grants and loans. In announcing the donation, Bezos talked about his father, who was unable to speak English when he arrived in the United States from Cuba as a 16-year-old.

"My dad came to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Jeff Bezos said in a statement Friday.

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"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos. The Bezos grant will enable TheDream.US to help an additional 1,000 students. Trump announced last fall he would phase out the DACA program, which has provided benefits to some 800,000 undocumented immigrants since its launch in 2012.

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. An estimated 65,000 teens who are DACA recipients, or are eligible for the program, graduate from high school each year.

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