Mrs.Jobs Unveils ‘The Dream Is Now’ to Advocate the Dream Act
Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple’s founder Steve Jobs and filmmaker Davis Guggenheim have launched a new website to support comprehensive immigration reform for the DREAMers.
The website titled ‘The Dream Is Now’ will broadcast videos of young undocumented immigrants describing their lives and how Dream Act can change it, if it were to pass. Others who are also involved in developing policies to support the reform and relatives and friends of the undocumented youth could submit videos as well.
The videos will be posted on the website and will turn into a documentary film by Guggenheim.
Mrs. Jobs said “the new project was an effort to harness the momentum around the issue and give visibility to the young people who would benefit from the Dream Act” in an interview with the Yahoo News.
She continued that “there needed to be a demystification—to put a face to these people, to hear the individual stories.”
Mrs. Job is also the founder of College Track, an initiative that helps low-income and minority students to attend college. Her interest in the Dream Act began through her interactions with the undocumented students who were also involved in College Track project.
The Dream Act would provide legal status for the young people under the age of 30 who were brought to the U.S. before they were 15 and have lived in the country continuously for five years. It would lead to a path to citizenship but the applicants need to be either enlisted in military or have at least two years of college and no criminal record in order to qualify for the program.
The young people sharing their stories for thedreamisnow.org are protected under Obama’s deferred action directive, but they could face other repercussions such as losing a job if they haven’t obtained a job permit yet.
President Obama stated in his Univision interview before the election that the failing to pass a comprehensive immigration reform was his biggest failure as a President in his first term. Despite this admission, President Obama has won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, the largest margin of victory with Latinos in history. Republican Party begun to reassess their position on immigration after this defeat.
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