Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stepped a bit deeper into politics Friday by announcing that he and his wife are donating $33 million to a scholarship fund for "dreamers," or immigrants brought into the US illegally as children.

Bezos -- the wealthiest person in the world -- and his wife, MacKenzie, are donating the money to TheDream.US scholarship program.

The grant, the biggest since the organization's 2014 launch, will go to 1,000 high school graduates with DACA status.

Bezos, who also founded Blue Origin and owns The Washington Post, reflected on his father's immigrant story in a statement announcing the donation as his way of giving back.

"My dad came to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan," he said.

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."

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