Bezos, whose adoptive father immigrated to the US from Cuba, and his wife MacKenzie, have made a $33 million grant to the nation's largest scholarship program for dreamers, the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children.
The donation comes just a day after President Donald Trump rejected a bipartisan immigration deal - one that would have preserved DACA, allowing hundreds of thousands of "DREAMers" brought illegally to the United States as children to remain in the country safely.
With this new position may come increased public scrutiny towards Bezos' giving, or lack thereof, as it did for Bill Gates when he ascended to the mantle. There are 2,850 students now enrolled in college under the program, which works out to more than $23.5 million in aid, but approximately 800,000 Dreamers who have received DACA status since 2012.
Currently, the organization works with 15 cheap colleges and offers funds of $33,000 to qualifying Dreamers to offset the costs of tuition, books, fees and lodging.
In a statement announcing the donation, Bezos cited the story of his adopted father, who left Cuba as part of Operation Pedro Pan.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will help 1,000 "dreamers" go to college. 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. "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.
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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, took to Twitter in June 2017 to ask for ideas about a philanthropy strategy. "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", she said in a statement.
TheDream.US is co-founded by Don Graham, Henry Munoz and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.
Support from the tech community has been a great boon to TheDream.US, according to Marshall.
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.