Geekwire: Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $33M to fund scholarships for Dreamers

  • Geekwire: Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $33M to fund scholarships for Dreamers

Geekwire: Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $33M to fund scholarships for Dreamers

A possible bipartisan deal to replace it is in question after Trump rejected the proposal, the website said.

With the money donated by Bezos, 1,000 Dreamers finishing high school will have the opportunity to go to college.

Graham launched TheDream.US with Henry R. Muñoz III, the finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee, and Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary under President George W. Bush.

"My dad came to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Bezos said in a statement.

In a press release announcing the grant, Bezos noted that his stepfather Miguel was born in Spain and immigrated to the US 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", said Bezos.

"MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships", he added.

The money will fund 1,000 college scholarships, TheDream.US said in a statement. Others include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Pershing Square Foundation; the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Pierre and Pam Omidyar; the Robin Hood Foundation; The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the PepsiCo Foundation; the Coca-Cola Foundation; and Don, Bill, and Steve Graham. On Jan. 9, a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked Trump's decision to end the DACA program.

Democrats, under intense pressure from immigrant advocates, are trying to use their leverage to force a long-sought immigration deal as part of talks to keep the government open beyond a January 19 spending deadline. He was among 100 corporate leaders who sent a letter to Congress this week calling for the program's renewal. Bezos purchased the newspaper in 2013.

"We're going to continue to make the case that you should stay in the U.S.", Munoz said. "We're a three-and-a-half-year-old program, so we don't yet have graduation rates", said the organization's president, Candy Marshall, in a statement.