Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Friday that he would give $33 million in scholarship money to undocumented students who are in the United States under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the policy at the center of a roiling immigration battle between the Trump administration and Democrats.
The grant is the largest in the organization's history.
Bezos has been vocal in pressuring the Trump administration and Congress to bring back protections for these immigrants, known as Dreamers.
Bezos said his adpoted father came to the U.S. from Cuba unable to speak English.
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.
The website noted the Dreamers have been covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) program, which President Donald Trump has moved to rescind.
According to TheDream.US, Dreamers are typically ineligible for federal grants and loans. They must pay out-of-state or worldwide tuition in more than 15 states, the foundation said. Dreamers receive a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help pay the cost of tuition, fees and books. Almost 3,000 students are now part of TheDream.US program. Trump repeatedly said that border wall funding had to be a part of the deal for it to continue. 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". The Bezos grant will enable TheDream.US to help an additional 1,000 students.
Bezos' donation comes as immigrants with DACA are feeling heightened anxiety and insecurityover losing their permission to stay in the USA and work. The organization is accepting applications from Dreamers in 15 states until March 1, she said. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pershing Square Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are also among the other major contributors to the program.