While congress and President Trump continue to argue over the future of DACA and the wall, Jeff Bezos has stepped up to offer $33 million in grant money for “Dreamers” so they can attend college. This is a huge opportunity for a group of people who are completely uncertain about their future at this moment.
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of online mega store Amazon and left wing supporter has offered enough money for about 1,000 “Dreamers” or undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children an who were allowed to stay in the country under President Obama, who have graduated from a US high school the chance to attend college. Under DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, these children who were brought here by their parents or other family members were able to remain in the US instead of being deported. They were not granted citizenship, but were allowed to attend schools and gain an education. Currently, it is believed that there are roughly 700,000 Dreamers, but that number may soon be dwindling as the current president, Donald Trump, makes efforts to cut the program.
Bezos himself is the son of an immigrant to the United States. At just sixteen years old his father was brought to this country as part of Operation Pedro Pan. Bezos’ father spoke no English and was all alone, but with strength, determination, and lots of hard work, as well as help from great organizations in Delaware, he became a citizen and has worked hard to give back to the country that helped him so much. Bezos himself is looking to help give to those who find themselves in similar situations and would like to have the chance to get an education and become a part of the US.
Bezos is no stranger to left wing politics, he is very open about his political views. This scholarship program spits in the eye of what Republicans and President Trump seem to stand for but will open the door of education to many young people who are looking to build a bright future for themselves but are rapidly running out of options. For more information on this, head to Huffington Post.