Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, donated $5 million to help illegal immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay area attend college.

“Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are part of our communities and attend school legally in the United States,” he wrote on Facebook. “Many of them moved to America early in their lives and can’t remember living anywhere else. They want to remain in the country they love and be a part of America’s future. But without documentation, it’s often a struggle to get a college education and they don’t have access to any kind of federal aid.”

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Zuckerberg made the donation via TheDream.US, a scholarship fund created by the former publisher of the Washington Post, Donald Graham; the finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Henry Munoz; and a political activist, Gagy Pacheco, Politico reported. The funds raised by the group go for juveniles given legal status under the Obama administration’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Zuckerberg’s money is slated specifically for illegals in the San Francisco Bay region, and will be spread out over five years.

“America was founded as a nation of immigrants,’ he wrote. “We ought to welcome smart and hardworking young people from every nation and to help everyone in our society achieve their full potential.”

 

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