Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they will donate $33 million to help young undocumented immigrants who had obtained DACA status to pay for college.
The White House and some Republican lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group last Thursday - the same day President Donald Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries.
The scholarship fund, TheDream.US, which is the country's largest scholarship program for Dreamers, will give the grant, the largest sum ever awarded in the organization's history, to 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of USA high schools with DACA status to help them continue to pursue their college education.
The scholarship program will fund USA 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.
Mr Graham launched TheDream.US with Mr Henry Munoz III, the finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee, and Mr Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary under President George W. Bush.
"My dad came to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", the fund quoted Bezos as saying. With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways.
Bezos said his father landed in the U.S. when he was 16 and unable to speak English, but he received help from some remarkable organizations. The Obama-era programme provides temporary legal protections to roughly 700,000 dreamers.