Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. She controls the Steven P. Jobs Trust, which has a $6.9 billion stake in The Walt Disney Company and she is the co-founder and President of the Board of College Track. In the first time that Laurene Jobs has given an interview ever since Steve Jobs passed away, she decided to advocate immigration reform.
“I started getting more and more active around immigration reform because this was such a waste of lives, such a waste of potential, such a waste for our country not to have the human capital that we developed ? geared towards improving our entire society,? stated Powell Jobs in interview with Brian Williams. The interview will be airing at Friday, April 12 at 10pm/9 CDT on NBC. Ms. Jobs said that she continues to miss Steve Jobs as a husband and father every day.
Laurene Jobs partnered with filmmaker Davis Guggenheim on the immigration reform film The Dream Is Now. Both of them appeared at Capitol Hill this past week to show the film to Congress members. Below is a trailer for the film:
Guggenheim previously created a documentary called Waiting For Superman. That film was focused on the DREAM Act. The Waiting For Superman film focused on a young boy named Jose that did very well in math. He had a dream of becoming a mechanical engineer and even received a full ride at Arizona State University. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, he was not able to apply for the same jobs that his fellow students were eligible for. Now he is a construction worker.
Jose is not alone.
There are around 11 million immigrants in the U.S. that do not have legal consent and without work documentation.
“One of my favorite quotes is a lawmaker said, ‘I do not support any immigration policy that would?ve kept my grandparents out of the country.’ And I think that’s a good rule. How about we agree upon what our common American values are, which is let?s make this a true land of opportunity. We?re also a land of rules and laws that should be enforced. Let’s fix this problem, and then let’s let people flourish,” said Laurene Jobs.
President Obama signed a memo that calls for a “deferred action” and temporary reprieve from deportation for undocumented immigrants that would have qualified for the DREAM Act this past June.