Amid intense talks in Washington over the fate of undocumented students in the US with legal protection, Jeff Bezos - Amazon founder and CEO, Washington Post owner and frequent target of President Trump - and his wife MacKenzie donated $33 million to a scholarship program that helps thousands of immigrant teens pay for college.
"The surest path to the American dream and contributing to the US economy is through a college education", said Henry R. Muñoz, III, principal of San Antonio-based Muñoz & Co, lifelong Latino activist and co-founder of TheDream.US.
On Thursday, the White House rejected a bipartisan deal to protect Dreamers-quickly overshadowed by the racist statement allegedly made by President Trump. 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.
… It's a challenge that calls for national cooperation, says Ortom
He said the plan by the federal government to establish cattle colonies would address the herdsmen crisis. We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that".
Support from the tech community has been a great boon to TheDream.US, according to Marshall. The Bezos grant will enable TheDream.US to help an additional 1,000 students.
In a news release, Bezos said, "My dad came here to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan".
"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos.
This grant will provide 1000 scholarships for the high school graduates that were enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program aka DACA. "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's dreamers by funding these scholarships", stated Bezos. This program was implemented by President Obama in 2012.
In a bid to bolster the negotiations, more than 100 corporate leaders this week co-signed a letter to Congress calling for immediate legal relief to dreamers.