Jeff Bezos is never shy about sharing his love for his parents on social media, thanking them for the inspiration and support they have given him in his life. On Friday, the Amazon founder posted a video in which he choked up talking about his father’s trip.
“My brother, my sister and I couldn’t have had a better role model,” Bezos said of his father, Miguel Bezos.
The oldest of the Bezos was recently being recognized with a Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Awardwhich celebrates “the people who embrace the best of what these two American treasures stand for: the unique tapestry woven from our nation’s immigration histories and the role of the United States and its citizens in upholding the global fight in course for liberty and liberty.”
Miguel Bezos emigrated from Santiago, Cuba, at the age of 16. He didn’t speak English and “had to work his way up,” said Jeff Bezos. “I think in every immigrant you will also find deep optimism and resilience,” he added, calling his father “an intense and hard worker.”
Concluding his remarks, Bezos seemed on the verge of tears as he thanked his father and the two embraced onstage. Watch the video:
Last year Bezos Posted in the image on Instagram (top), posing in New York City with his father, with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
“I want to thank the Congressional leaders who will bring the Dreamers legislation to the House floor tomorrow,” Bezos wrote at the time. “My dad was a ‘Dreamer’ before there was such a thing. He was 16 years old when he arrived in the United States, alone, from Cuba. He didn’t speak English and he didn’t have an easy road, what he did have was courage, determination and the support and kindness of the people here in the US who helped him. He received a scholarship to college in Albuquerque, where he met my mom. On behalf of my father and families like mine, I am hopeful that lawmakers will come together to create a path to citizenship for Dreamers and prioritize more sensible immigration reforms, like reducing the backlog of green cards. Families across America deserve this.”