After Trump's "Shithole" Comment, Amazon CEO Donates $33 Million To DACA Students

Jeff Bezos

Well now, Amazon's CEO has entered the debate by making a clear statement on where they stand. Jeff Bezos announced that he would be donating a whopping $33 million to college scholarships for "Dreamers", children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

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. In partnership with over 70 low-priced colleges in 15 states, TheDream.US offers individual students $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help them cover the cost of tuition, fees and books. "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. 2,850 are now enrolled.

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

The students will be eligible to attend one of 76 colleges and universities in 15 states that partner with the scholarship fund.

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In the statement, Bezos noted that his father came to the US from Cuba when he was 16, and that he wanted to help "today's Dreamers" with the donation to the scholarship program. "My dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways", Bezos said.

Bezos said he donated in honor of his father, who fled to the U.S. from Cuba alone when he was 15, went to college, and lived the American dream. They are ineligible for federal grants and loans, and get no state aid in 44 states.

Bezos, who overtook Bill Gates past year to become the world's richest man, has been openly urging the government to reauthorize the DACA program. "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships", he said. It is a shot in the arm for Dreamer students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the United States at all. Bill and Melinda Gates, through their Gates Foundation, have pledged $1 billion over 20 years to their Millennium Scholars program. The organization is accepting applications from Dreamers in 15 states until March 1, she said.

TheDream.US is a project of the New Venture Fund (NVF), which in 2015 reported $318 million in total revenue, including $315 million in contributions.

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