In the wake of President Trump allegedly referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “sh*thole countries” while discussing immigration policies, news that Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is donating money to immigrant students comes as a marvellous piece of good news.
The Amazon CEO and his wife MacKenzie are donating $33 million to students within the US Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The recipients of this precious donation will be 1000 students of TheDream.US, a non-profit national fund of scholarships for undocumented immigrants arrived in America in childhood under Obama’s DACA (Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals) programme, recently ended by Trump. The current US President’s decision has however faced constant court challenges since September, along with famous philanthropic business men such as Gates and Bezos himself, taking a stance, who with their charitable subsidies have sent out clear signals against the block of DACA’s protections for childhood immigrants in America.
The $33 million will go to TheDream.US, a nonprofit education group that provides financial aid to DACA students to help them pay for college. The organization will use the money to give 1,000 DACA students $33,000 each in scholarship aid over four years to cover their higher education costs.
The students will be able to choose from 76 colleges and universities taking part in the initiative promoted by TheDream.US, which is very grateful for Bezos’ recent donation- the largest in their history.
Everybody knows Bezos for Amazon, but perhaps just a few are acquainted with his past. Jeff bears his adoptive father’s surname, a Cuban immigrant who came to the United States when he was only 16, speaking not even a word of English. He took part in the Pedro Pan Operation, which aided the transfer of 14000 immigrants from Havana to the USA between 1960 and 1962. With his courageous contribution and much determination, Bezos senior managed to become a regular, extraordinary American citizen.
In statement announcing the gift, Bezos said, “With a lot of grit and determination – and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware – my dad became an outstanding citizen, and 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.”
Despite being the richest man in the world – as declared by Forbes in October 2017 – Jeff has not forgotten his roots.
Thanks to him and his incredible donation, a magic thousand of TheDream.US students can now really call themselves dreamers.