TheDream.US is co-founded by Don Graham, Henry Munoz and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. The White House and some GOP lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group on Thursday - the same day President Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries. According to the organization, the donation will allow 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of us high schools with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status the opportunity to attend college.
"My dad came to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Bezos wrote.
The Bezos grant was given to TheDream.US, the nation's largest scholarship program for DACA recipients, as Congress struggles to restore the program. Almost 3,000 students are now part of TheDream.US program.
"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships". "We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students".
This grant will provide 1000 scholarships for the high school graduates that were enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program aka DACA.More news: How Many Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO)'s Analysts Are Bearish?
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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. He was among 100 corporate leaders who sent a letter to Congress this week calling for the program's renewal. The corporate leaders said, "The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country". In 2013, Bezos' personal investment firm, Nash Holdings, purchased the paper.
"We're going to continue to make the case that you should stay in the U.S.", Munoz said.
Other donors to TheDream.US include Bezos' parents Miguel and Jackie, Pierre Omidyar, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Foundations, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
And the money, the largest single donation the organisation has ever received, comes as President Donald Trump is trying to end the Obama-era DACA program and after his remarks about immigrants from "s***hole countries".