Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs teamed up with filmmaker Davis Guggenheim to launch a Web site — The Dream is Now — to promote passage of the “Dream Act” for immigration reform.
The site enables young undocumented immigrants to upload videos about how the Dream Act would change their lives. Others can submit video posts in support of the bill.
Powell Jobs, who co-founded the East Palo Alto nonprofit College Track, a college preparatory program for economically disadvantaged young people, told Yahoo News the online initiative is designed to spotlight how the Dream Act would help young people. She said her interest in the Dream Act grew from her work with young people in East Palo Alto, some of whom are undocumented.
“There needed to be a demystification — to put a face to these people, to hear the individual stories,” Powell Jobs told Yahoo News.
“They’re our children’s friends. They are people we know. This is a huge national problem that needs resolution,” Powell Jobs said.
Filmmaker Guggenheim (“Waiting for Superman” and “An Inconvenient Truth” ) told Yahoo News: “The documentary becomes a living, breathing petition.”
The Dream Act would provide conditional permanent residency to some illegal immigrants under the age of 30 who arrived in the United States as minors, graduated from high school and lived in the country continuously for at least five years before the bill’s enactment.