Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they are donating $33 million to provide college scholarships for undocumented students who were brought to the country illegally as children.
The contribution by the couple is the largest ever to the TheDream.US, a nonprofit co-founded in 2014 by former Washington Post owner Don Graham, who sold the newspaper to Bezos in 2013.
The organization said that the money will provide scholarships to 1,000 undocumented students who are currently protected from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump plans to phase out unless Congress acts.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress are negotiating with the White House on a legislative deal to address the roughly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants who could face deportation when DACA winds down in March.
“MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships,” Bezos said in a statement, noting that his father came to the U.S. as an immigrant from Cuba when he was 16 years old.