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

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In a statement, Bezos explained: "My dad came to the us when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan" - a program that helped more than 14,000 Cuban children immigrate to the United States during the 1960s.

In the statement, Bezos noted that his father came to the USA from Cuba when he was 16, and that he wanted to help "today's Dreamers" with the donation to the scholarship program.

According to the New York Times, Judge William Alsup of the Federal District Court in San Francisco said that the federal government must "maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis" while President Donald Trump's decision to end the program is still being challenged legally. 2,850 students are now enrolled in college under the program. Still, 94 percent of those receiving scholarships return to college after their first year, greater than the national average of 72 percent.

"We expect a 75% graduation rate", TheDream.US President Candy Marshall said in a statement.

Bezos compared Dreamers to his father, who in the early 1960s was one of thousands of minors who immigrated to the United States from Cuba. The Obama-era provided temporary legal protection to around 700,000 dreamers that were living in the United States.

Don Graham chairman of Graham Holdings Co., and co-founder of TheDream.US, added: "All of us would like to thank Jeff and MacKenzie". As the son of an immigrant himself, Bezos says he's honored he's able to help.

"I believe in college opportunity for everyone in the US". It enables many of them to overcome obstacles that seem impossible to the rest of us. "Jeff and MacKenzie will be the biggest helpers of all".

The donation from Bezos, who is the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth just shy of US$100 billion ($137.8b), will go towards funding 1,000 college scholarships, according to the Daily Mail. Bezos purchased the newspaper in 2013. MacKenzie is an author of two novels. They live in Seattle and have four children. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pershing Square Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are also among the other major contributors to the program.

Munoz and Donald Graham, chairman of Graham Holdings, KSAT's parent company, are co-founders of TheDream.US, along with Carlos Gutierrez, of Miami, a former USA secretary of commerce.