Reports are claiming that Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post, has placed himself into a bitter political debate in the United States. In particular, he announced a mighty donation of $33 million to a college scholarship program geared toward young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, according to the New York Times.
Dream.US is thrilled to have received the money donated by Bezos and his wife, since it is the largest donation to their group in history, and will provide for 1,000 high school graduates who have been allowed to stay in the US under DACA.
The New York Times reports that about 800,000 dreamers are affected by the program, and all of them face an uncertain future after President Trump announced last year that he supports ending the protections.
Trump and Bezos have regularly been in conflict with each other. President Trump has criticized Bezos for his role at Amazon and his ownership of the Washington Post, which Trump often claims covers him unfairly and is filled with "fake news."
‘“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Mr. Bezos said in the statement. “He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English. With a lot of grit and determination, and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware, my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways. MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”
A bipartisan group of senators claim they are reaching an agreement on immigration. The agreement shields undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation and also includes border security. Fox News reports that it is still unclear whether President Trump and others in Congress will go along with it.
Although a critic of DACA, Trump has indicated that he is willing to compromise on the issue, so long as he can get funding for his border wall. But whether he will receive funding remains up in the air.
"Any solution has to include a wall because without the wall it all doesn't work," he said. "We need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety. We need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in."
“We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act – the areas outlined by the president,” said the senators, according to Fox News.
Those who issued the statement were senators Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Cory Gardner, Dick Durbin, Michael Bennett, and Robert Menendez. None of them are considered to be allies of President Trump on immigration. Moreover, the lawmakers did not clarify exactly what it is they have agreed to so far.
In recent news, President Trump has responded to the backlash over his DACA controversy.