Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of technology icon Steve Jobs, has joined forces with filmmaker Davis Guggenheim for “The Dream is Now” project. A website that describes the life of young immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age, and who are now trying to adjust their immigration status through the Dream Act.
Through the website TheDreamisnow.org, the “Dreamers” can post videos of how their life would change if the Dream Act were to pass. This site is also open to teachers, friends and family members who all support policies regarding immigration reform.
Guggenheim will later on compile a selected amount of videos from the website, and will use the material for a documentary.
In an interview with Yahoo, the filmmaker said, “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.”
Laurene and Steve
In one of the few interviews that Laurene Powell Jobs has granted to anyone after the death of her husband. She advocated in support this cause and said, “There needed to be a demystification and put a face to these people, to hear the individual stories.”
Powell also mentioned that this was a national problem that needed to be resolved urgently, who along with Guggenheim agree that this project is to put some pressure on law makers to come up with a definite solution to this issue.
There are big expectations that during President Obama’s second term, there will be a resolution to the immigration issue in the United States that will turn a reform into a reality for many illegal immigrants.
If the Dream Act is approved, it will benefit illegal immigrants who are 30 years of age and under. Entered the United States before the age of 15, and who has lived in the U.S. for more than 5 years consecutively and who can prove that they do not have a criminal record.
Those who will benefit from this law must also been enrolled in college for at least 2 years or join the military.
Although there is much more left to do, the only thing that has been implemented to stop or put a pause on the deportation of young men and women under the age of 30, is the “deferred action” program that was implemented in 2012.
This program is for those illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16, and have complete and obtained a high school diploma or has enlisted in the U.S. military.
Once these requirements are fulfilled, those who qualify are able to obtain a work permit that is valid for 2 years.
For more information regarding this initiative, you can visit the website TheDreamisnow.org.