Bezos donates $33 million for 'dreamers' scholarship program

With the money donated by Bezos, 1,000 Dreamers finishing high school will have the opportunity to go to college.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, donated $33 million to fund 1,000 scholarships for Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

Graham launched TheDream.US with Henry R. Muñoz III, the finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee, and Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary under President George W. Bush.

"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said.

"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos.

TheDream.US, the nation's largest scholarship program for Dreamers, announced today a $33 million dollar scholarship grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.

The money will support TheDream.Us, a nonprofit working to help undocumented immigrants attend and graduate college.

It's incredibly inspiring to see someone like Bezos get involved in the fight for justice. This program was implemented by President Obama in 2012. The House and Senate have also failed to pass the DREAM Act.

Other donors to TheDream.US include Bezos' parents Miguel and Jackie, Pierre Omidyar, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Foundations, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

"We haven't forgotten you, who you really are", he said. "That's given us credibility that we very much needed".

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. In more than 15 states, they are required to pay out-of-state or worldwide tuition rates, according to TheDream.US.

"We know that these young people are incredible achievers already and want to be here so badly and contribute to this country and make our country greater", Munoz said.

Vanessa Coleman