Mark Zuckerberg Just Changed The Lives Of 400 Undocumented Students By Awarding Them Scholarships

"We need a government that protects Dreamers."

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has plans to make our country stronger, one DREAMer at a time. He and wife Priscilla Chan just announced that they are providing 400 college scholarships to DREAMers — children who were brought into the U.S. without documentation who have since become adults and get their name from the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act. 

The tech heavyweight made the announcement on Facebook (natch) writing, "Priscilla and I are providing 400 college scholarships to Dreamers in partnership with TheDream.US. This fall, 139 new scholars will be heading to colleges across the Bay Area. And we'll keep working to improve education and build stronger communities for everyone."

Alongside the post, he also included a portion of his 2017 Harvard commencement speech, in which he discussed one of his students — a DREAMer.

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DREAMers served as the impetus for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program put in place by then-President Obama in 2012. Per DACA, DREAMers can pass a background check and apply for work permits in America, despite not being born in this country. However, as Zuckerberg alluded to in his post, the future of DREAMers is uncertain given the current administration's animosity towards immigrants.

According to Politico, on June 30, at least ten attorneys general from Republican states called on President Trump to end DACA.

In the commencement speech, Zuckerberg mentioned an undocumented student of his, who was unsure he'd be able to attend college because he's not a U.S. citizen. For his birthday, Zuck says, the student asked for a book on social justice so he could help others.

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"He wasn't sure if the country he calls home, the only one he's known, was going to deny him his dream of going to college. But he wasn't feeling sorry for himself, he wasn't even thinking of himself. He has a greater sense of purpose, and he's going to bring people along with him," Zuckerberg told the Harvard crowd.

"It says something about our situation today that I can't even say his name because I don't want to put him at risk," the 33-year-old added. "But if a high school senior who doesn't know what the future holds for him can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part, too."

As this announcement proves, Zuckerberg is most certainly heeding his own advice in doing what he can to make the world a better place. Though he didn't get overtly political, Zuck did call the current administration to task. He concluded the written portion of his post with, "We need a government that protects Dreamers. But for now, Priscilla and I hope these scholarships will help more young people pursue their purpose, contribute to society, and make our country stronger for all of us."

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This marks the second time in a month that the (soon-to-be) father of two has steadily and skillfully fought back against the current administration. When President Trump confirmed on June 1 that America would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, Zuckerberg almost immediately made his own pledge to continue to protect our planet

"Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk," he declared on Facebook, adding that he also plans to power every new Facebook data center with "100% renewable energy." 

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