Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of late Apple founder Steve Jobs, has partnered with documentary director Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting For Superman," "An Inconvenient Truth") to launch a new website this week dedicated to advancing the DREAM Act and immigration reform. Called "The Dream Is Now," the site, which is managed by Powell's charitable organization Emerson Collective, is the home of an interactive documentary made up of footage of some of the estimated 2 million undocumented young immigrants who have grown up in America, as well as tweets and links to news about the DREAM Act.
Powell Jobs gave a rare interview to Yahoo News' The Lookout blog in which she related that the project was an outgrowth of her work founding College Track, an after-school college preparatory nonprofit.
"They’re our children’s friends," Powell Jobs told Yahoo News of the children featured on the new website. "They are people we know. This is a huge national problem that needs resolution." Powell is one of several prominent Silicon Valley figures pushing hard for immigration reform.
Guggenheim also told Yahoo News he hoped the website acted as a "living, breathing petition" for immigration reform. The DREAM Act, which stalled in Congress in 2011, would grant amnesty to those under the age of 30 who were brought to America prior to age 16 and have lived in the U.S. for the past five continuous years and not been convicted of any crimes. Visit "thedreamisnow.org" and see a screenshot below.
(H/T: Alex Fitzpatrick)