Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to send Dreamers to college

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to send Dreamers to college

The donation is the largest given to TheDream.US, which was founded in 2013 by the former owner of the Washington Post, Don Graham. On Thursday, President Trump rejected a bipartisan agreement ahead of the deadline in March.

Today, the Amazon founder and his wife MacKenzie granted $33 million in scholarship money to TheDream.US, an nonprofit education group.

In the statement, Bezos credited his father, who came to the United States as a part of Operation Pedro Pan at 16-years-old. Almost 3,000 students are now part of TheDream.US program. In announcing the donation, Bezos talked about his father, who was unable to speak English when he arrived in the United States from Cuba as a 16-year-old.

"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos. "We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students".

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal has been a hot topic specifically after President Donald Trump held a bipartisan meeting and invited the press into the room to watch for almost an hour. An estimated 65,000 teens who are DACA recipients, or are eligible for the program, graduate from high school each year. Earlier this week, Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook signed a letter to Congress demanding protection for Dreamers.

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"We're going to continue to make the case that you should stay in the U.S.", Munoz said.

Bezos did not respond to Trump's comments, but Amazon has defended its arrangement with USPS, noting that federal postal regulators consider the agreement profitable for the mail service.

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".

Bezos, the world's wealthiest man, has faced criticism in the past for not engaging in philanthropy at the same level as fellow multi-billionaires like Bill Gates.

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