Amazon’s founder and the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, has just donated $33 million to help educate young immigrants. As the son of an immigrant himself, Bezos said he’s honored he’s able to help.
Bezos donated to TheDream.us, an organization that helps immigrants get a college education. The money will allow 1,000 young immigrants finishing high school to have the opportunity to go to college.
Congress is currently deciding whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will remain in place. The program protects young immigrants, often called "Dreamers," who were brought to America as children.
President Donald Trump announced that his administration will allow DACA to expire unless Congress is able to pass legislation that will keep it intact. But while many Republicans say that DACA can only stay if a wall between the United States and Mexico is put in place, Democrats want to reinstate DACA without attaching it to border security.
Bezos is one of 100 business executives who signed a letter urging Congress to protect young immigrants. He said that his father was only able to make something of himself because generous organizations helped him when he arrived from Cuba.
"My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan," Bezos wrote. "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 [his wife] and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships."
Bezos’ parents founded the Bezos Family Foundation to help people in need obtain an education.
It’s incredibly inspiring to see someone like Bezos get involved in the fight for justice. Hopefully, Congress will take heed and take the necessary steps to make sure that young immigrants are fully protected from the Trump administration.