Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urged Congress to pass legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers." Bezos recounted the story of his father, a "Dreamer" who arrived in the U.S. from Cuba at 16 and succeeded due to the “grit, determination, and the support and kindness” of Americans. He also urged Congress to take steps to reduce the Green Card backlog.
- The Democrat-controlled House will vote on two bills designed to help immigrants in the U.S. find a path to legal citizenship.
- The bills are expected to face fierce opposition from Senate Republicans. With the Senate split 50/50 along party lines, Vice President Kamala Harris may have to be called in to serve as the tie-breaker.
- In 2012, then-President Barack Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to protect 700,000 children from deportation.
- Former President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that he would end DACA, however, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked him from doing so in June 2020.
- In January 2018, Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie donated $33M to provide scholarships to 1,000 undocumented immigrants.