World's richest techie gives $33 million to this program

Galtero Lara
Enero 14, 2018

Mr Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, announced he is donating US$33 million (S$44 million) to a scholarship fund for young "dreamers", immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Bezos, whose father came to the US from Cuba, said the donation will help fund the college tuition of a thousand young immigrants who are now pursing higher education.

"My dad came to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", the fund quoted Bezos as saying.

"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Mr Bezos said in the statement. With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organisations in DE - 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 and I are honored to be able to help today's dreamers by funding these scholarships", stated Bezos.

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Mr Trump plans to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme in March unless Congress replaces it.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the federal court system as "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked his administration's move to end the DACA program.

The scholarship fund, TheDream.US, which is the country's largest scholarship program for Dreamers, will give the grant, the largest sum ever awarded in the organization's history, to 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of USA high schools with DACA status to help them continue to pursue their college education. The nonprofit partners with more than 70 low-priced colleges in 15 states, and helps DACA recipients with financial aid, books and more. About 800,000 of the "Dreamers" are now facing deportation.

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