Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, have donated $33million to a scholarship program for young 'dreamers' called TheDream.US.
The donation from Bezos, who is the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth just shy of $100billion, will go towards funding 1,000 college scholarships.
And the money, the largest single donation the organization has ever received, comes as President Donald Trump is trying to end the Obama-era DACA program and after his remarks about immigrants from 's***hole countries'.
Jeff Bezos and his wife, Mackenzie (pictured together at right) have donated $33million to TheDream.US, a scholarship program that funds college tuition for high school graduates with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
Donald Trump is seeking to phase out the Obama-era initiative. He has also come under fire for comments he made about people from 's***hole countries' coming to the U.S. The president has denied making the comment but has been contradicted by multiple people who were there when he made it
The scholarship program will fund U.S. high school graduates with a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents - commonly known as Dreamers.
There are 2,850 students currently enrolled in different colleges as part of TheDream.US scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees and books.
The Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos, reports that the scholarship has awarded more than $19million to more than 1,700 immigrants since 2014, when it began.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the federal court system as 'broken and unfair' after a judge blocked his administration's move to end the DACA program.
And Trump has been on the defensive about his comment during an Oval Office meeting that people from 'high crime' or s***hole countries get to come' to the United States.
The president has denied making the 's***hole' comment.
Pictured is a photo from TheDream.US, which so far has provided scholarships to 2,850 students
'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,' Trump said.
'What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!' Trump tweeted Friday.
The president's latest comments were immediately contradicted by Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin, who was in the Oval Office meeting and says Trump made the 'vile and vulgar' comments repeatedly.
Trump is attempting to phase out DACA by March and Democrats are currently fighting to preserve it.
Bezos' parents, Mike and Jackie Bezos, were among the early donors to TheDream.US. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pershing Square Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are also among the other major contributors to the program.