Bezos to Give $33M in College Scholarships to DACA Students

Bezos to Give $33M in College Scholarships to DACA Students

The scholarship program will fund US 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.

The grant, which is the largest in the history of the organization, will see 1,000 Dreamers get $33,000 over the course of four years to help pay for college.

Earlier this week, Bezos became the richest person of all time when his net worth reached $105.1 billion. Operation Pedro Pan was an exodus of unaccompanied minors from Cuba during the 1960s.

There are 2,850 students now enrolled in different colleges as part of TheDream.US scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees and books. Trump repeatedly said that border wall funding had to be a part of the deal for it to continue. Nevertheless, the $33 million charity donation from the couple is certainly considered a big help for the nonprofit group in order to send another group of Dreamers to college.

Marshall added: "Everyone who believes in education and is a friend of the Dreamers would like to thank Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos for this magnificent gift". Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal grants or loans, and they are precluded from state aid and in-state tuition rates in many states. Bezos continued: "He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English". "We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students".

The donation comes as Congress tries to negotiate a bipartisan solution for DACA recipients after the Trump Administration ended the program a year ago.

Prior to President Trump's decision to remove DACA protections in September, hundreds of CEOs, including Bezos, signed a letter asking him to keep the program intact and many voiced their disappointment when the president chose to end protections.

President Donald Trump announced that his administration will allow DACA to expire unless Congress is able to pass legislation that will keep it intact.

Bezos' donation comes as immigrants with DACA are feeling heightened anxiety and insecurityover losing their permission to stay in the US and work.