Bezos family donates $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program

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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.

Bezos, whose father came to the US from Cuba, said the donation will help fund the college tuition of a thousand young immigrants who are now pursing higher education.

Bezos family donates $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program
Bezos family donates $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program

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

The first cohort of TheDream.US students will graduate from college in May. Almost 3,000 students are now part of TheDream.US program. "He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said in a statement. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pershing Square Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are also among the other major contributors to the program.

The students will all be Dreamers, meaning they have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

In September, Trump ended DACA, an Obama-era program protecting young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation.

Democrats, under intense pressure from immigrant advocates, are trying to use their leverage to force a long-sought immigration deal as part of talks to keep the government open beyond a January 19 spending deadline. The corporate leaders said, "The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country". Bezos bought the Post after talks with Graham in 2013.

"We're going to continue to make the case that you should stay in the U.S.", Munoz said.

Donations to higher education are a frequent way for the world's wealthiest individuals to spread their wealth. At the time of publication, Bezos is worth $108 billion. "We're a three-and-a-half-year-old program, so we don't yet have graduation rates", said the organization's president, Candy Marshall, in a statement.