updated 02:56 pm EST, Tue January 22, 2013
Promotes site in rare interview
The widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs, has launched a new website to help her promotion of the Dream Act. The site, The Dream is Now, features videos of immigrants who would benefit from the act's passing. The project was completed with the help of filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, best known for An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman. The former film, notably, centered around the climate change activism of current Apple board member Al Gore.
Proposals for the Dream Act date back to 2001, but the measure has never made it through the US Congress. It would let immigrants under 30 who came to the US when they were under 15 earn legal residence through a series of procedures and fees, so long as they've lived in the country for over five years.
In an interview with Yahoo, Jobs says she became interested in the Dream Act because of College Track, an after-school program started in 1997 to help poor high school students get ready for college. She adds that she and Guggenheim wanted a "demystification," to "put a face" on the people the Dream Act would help.
Jobs rarely grants interviews. Even while her late husband was alive, she typically stayed out of the media spotlight.