Well now, Amazon's CEO has entered the debate by making a clear statement on where they stand. Jeff Bezos announced that he would be donating a whopping $33 million to college scholarships for "Dreamers", children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents. "My dad came to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Jeff Bezos said in a statement.
After shares of Amazon surged on Wall Street earlier this week, Bezos took over the top position as the richest man in history with a fortune of over $105 billion. Each student receives $33,000 over four years to pay for college tuition, fees and books, the organization said.
"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English".
The money will help fund 1,000 college scholarships and is the largest donation yet to a fund established by Donald E. Graham, the former publisher of The Post who sold the company to Bezos in 2013. "With a lot of grit and determination... my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways". That's where TheDream.US comes in. The Obama-era program provides temporary legal protections to roughly 700,000 dreamers.
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According to the organization's president Candy Marshall, Graham reached out to Bezos after the tech titan tweeted his desire to get involved with philanthropy. The House and Senate have also failed to pass the DREAM Act.
Dreamers, 800,000 of whom have received DACA status since 2012, face a variety of obstacles to college attendance.
"We haven't forgotten you, who you really are", he said.
Bezos has been one of DACA's most vocal supporters.
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"The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country", the letter read.
According to TheDream.US, Dreamers are typically ineligible for federal grants and loans.
"We know that these young people are incredible achievers already and want to be here so badly and contribute to this country and make our country greater", Munoz said.
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