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Steve Jobs' Widow Launches Dream Act Support Website

Laurene Powell Jobs and The Dream is Now website push for passage of the DREAM Act and give undocumented youth a voice.

Josh, Alejandro, Frankie, and Gabrielle; they’re all dreamers. They’re DREAMers because they were brought to the United States as children and are undocumented citizens.

They’re DREAMers who hope the DREAM Act will pass and give them a pathway to legal residency. And now they’re getting help from a website, The Dream is Now, that Laurene Powell Jobs helped found.

“Being undocumented is a difficult situation to be in to say the least. It stays on your mind and there’s never a moment that you’re not thinking about it,” says Gabrielle Jackson in a video on the site.

She is in one of several young people on The Dream is Now website—which launched Tuesday, according to Yahoo News—where undocumented youth tell their stories and describe what it’s like to live an undocumented life in the U.S. and be limited in applying for jobs, scholarships, travel and more that other Americans take for granted.

Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, chair of Emerson Collective, partnered with filmmaker David Guggenheim to help these students tell their stories. Guggenheim— the award-winning director of "Waiting for Superman" and "An Inconvenient Truth"—will compile these and other stories into a documentary, he told Yahoo News.

“The documentary becomes a living, breathing petition,” Guggenheim told Yahoo News. “These DREAMers are putting everything on the line. When they come out like this, they are saying, ‘I’m ready to risk it all for what I believe.’”

Read more of Powell Jobs interview with Yahoo News here.

Read more about The Dream is Now here.

Frank Geefay January 23, 2013 at 10:33 PM
I cannot see the downside of the Dream Act. People complain about Americans living off of welfare and being a burden to society. Here are undocumented immigrants who came to America through no fault of their own and are working hard to become contributing members of society. Why not let them eventually become citizens and pay taxes to support those Americans on welfare rather than deport them back to countries that they do not know?

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