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Amazon's Jeff Bezos donated $33M in college scholarships for dreamers

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos is helping 1,000 "dreamers" go to college.

The nonprofit TheDream.US announced Friday that Bezos and his wife donated $33 million toward the organization for college scholarships that would benefit 1,000 students.

“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Bezos said in a statement. “He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English. With a lot of grit and determination – and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware – my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he 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."

Dreamers are children of undocumented migrants that have been given permission to stay in the U.S. under the Obama administration policy Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

"Everyone who believes in education and is a friend of the Dreamers would like to thank Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos for this magnificent gift. It is a shot in the arm for Dreamer students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the United States at all," said president of TheDream.US Candy Marshall.

DACA protections came to an end in September, but the program is still making its way through the legal system.

In September 2017, Bezos signed an open letter to President Donald Trump urging him to continue DACA protections. Bezos recently surpassed Microsoft founder Bill Gates to become the richest person in the world.

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