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Jeff Bezos and His Wife Donate $33M to U.S. Immigrant Education Program
Capital Markets, Lifestyle
As the immigration debate rages in America, with the Trump administration this week ordering that nearly 200,000 Salvadorans must leave the U.S. – and then the president declaring that Haiti and Africa are “shithole countries” while in a meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration reform – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie have donated $33 million to an education program focused on children who were brought into the country illegally, as the New York Times reports.
The Bezos’ donation is being made to a nonprofit group Dream.US, which is working with over 4,000 young immigrants to help them earn a college degree. These young immigrants, known as Dreamers, were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and have been allowed to remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
In announcing the donation on Friday, Dream.US said the Bezos’ donation is the largest in the organization’s history and will be used to help 1,000 Dreamers go to college.
“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English. With a lot of grit and determination – and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware – my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways. MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”
Dream.US partners with more than 70 low-cost colleges in 15 states and provides a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help pay the cost of tuition, fees and books for its recipients. There are 2,850 students currently enrolled in college under the program, according to the group.
“The surest path to the American dream and contributing to the US economy is through a college education,” Henry R. Muñoz, III, principal of San Antonio-based Muñoz & Co and co-founder of TheDream.US, said in a statement. “Jeff and MacKenzie’s gift will make this path a reality for a thousand students and create hundreds of stronger and more prosperous communities across our country in the process.”
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