This is how Jeff Bezos will support the 'dreamers'By Elliot Bullman
Grant will benefit 1,000 undocumented immigrants
Jeff Bezos, along with his wife MacKenzie, announced that they would donate a $ 33 million grant to the scholarship program that supports the dreamers, that is, the young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
The Amazon CEO donation would be made to TheDream.US program, which will give "1,000 undocumented immigrants, graduates of high schools in the United States and who are in the DACA program, the opportunity to go to college," says a statement posted on the program's website.
The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, for its acronym in English) is the program created by Obama to protect minors who arrived illegally in the United States. This program helps approximately 700,000 young people, known as dreamers, although the Trump administration is phasing it out.
And although there has been a six-month delay for the DACA beneficiaries in 2017, the Department of Homeland Security will allow the issued permits to expire as of March 5.
Bezos explained why this cause is important for him and his wife: his adoptive father was an immigrant who fled Cuba.
"My dad came to the United States when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan. He landed in this country alone and could not speak English." With much determination and help from some prominent organizations in Delaware, he became an outstanding citizen and continued returning the country to the aid, "said Bezos.
MacKenzie and I are honoured to be able to help today's dreamers by funding these scholarships. "
Bezos' announcement comes just a day after President Donald Trump made insulting comments about immigrant groups calling their respective homelands "shithole countries." He also pointed to Haitian immigrants, saying that they should specifically be excluded from any agreement.
Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US, said in the statement that the Bezos family grant is an opportunity for dreamers at a time when some are wondering if they should be in the United States.
"We invite anyone who questions the value of the Dreamers program to come and meet some of our students."
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