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2018-01-12   15:14:49   INGLÉS
Jeff Bezos donates 33 million dollars to fund undocumented youth scholarships

Dallas, Jan. 12 (Notimex).- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, the world's largest electronic store, today announced that he will donate 33 million dollars to a scholarship fund to help undocumented high school graduates, benefited by DACA, to going to college.

The donation, made by Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, will be made to "TheDream.US", a scholarship fund for "dreamers", which is how young people covered from deportation are known by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

TheDream.US reported that the Bezos donation constitutes the largest grant received by that organization since its creation four years ago. The grant will finance one thousand scholarships. Students will receive a total of 33 thousand dollars over four years to cover the costs of their education.

Bezos said in a press release that his father came to the United States from Cuba when he was 16, unable to speak English.

"With a lot of determination and perseverance, and the help of some notable organizations in Delaware, my father became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels has blessed him in many ways," Bezos added.

"MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's dreamers by funding these scholarships," he said.

Bezos was considered this week as the richest person of all time when his net personal fortune reached 105.1 billion dollars.

Bezos' donation comes at a time when Congress and the White House are seeking to determine the future of the DACA program.

The program was created by an executive order of President Barack Obama in November 2012, to allow those who arrived undocumented to the country as children, could stay in the United States and obtain work permits for two years, renewable, if they met certain requirements.

However, last September, the Trump administration ended the program, arguing that it represented an unconstitutional overreach of the executive branch and gave Congress until next March to find a solution.

Since its creation, some 800,000 undocumented youth have received the status of DACA, but this does not make them eligible for federal grants and loans, nor state aid in 44 entities, so that it can make it easier for them to go to the university.

The organization TheDream.US has so far helped some 2,850 students to enroll in the university. Bezos' donation will allow TheDream.US to help an additional 1,000 students.

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