In a press release announcing the grant, Bezos noted that his stepfather Miguel was born in Spain and immigrated to the USA from Cuba when he was 15 years old. "With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country he feels blessed him in so many ways". "And he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways". Numerous students aided by the organization are unable to receive in-state benefits or federal grants and loans.
Each student will get $33,000 in aid over four years to help pay tuition and fees. The Obama-era provided temporary legal protection to around 700,000 dreamers that were living in the United States. In October, companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon said they would lobby Congress to pass DACA protection legislation and in November, over 100 companies filed an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs aiming to reinstate DACA protections.
Bezos' donation comes as immigrants with DACA are feeling heightened anxiety and insecurityover losing their permission to stay in the USA and work. The students will go to one of 76 universities in 15 states that partner with the program.
"I believe in college opportunity for everyone in the US".
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Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US, said in a statement. "Jeff and MacKenzie's gift will make this path a reality for a thousand students and create hundreds of stronger and more prosperous communities across our country in the process".
Bezos is a frequent target of Trump, who has accused the businessman of purchasing The Post to advance his business interests. MacKenzie is an author of two novels.
The students will all be Dreamers, meaning they have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pershing Square Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are also among the other major contributors to the program.
Don Graham, publisher of the Post when Bezos bought the paper, is a founder of Dream.US.