The oft-mentioned DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who were brought to the United States illegally, has not been proposed again since it failed in the Senate in 2010. But a high-profile effort is underway to help revive the legislation.
Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, has partnered with filmmaker Davis Guggenheim to create DreamIsNow.org, a website where Dreamers can tell their stories through video submissions in an effort to harness the momentum around the issue and give visibility to the young people who would benefit from the Dream Act.
“We created this campaign to give voice to the one to two million undocumented youth who came to this country at an early age and are American in every way,” Jobs said in a statement given to NBC Latino. “Through their courageous stories and the force of social media, we intend to put pressure on Congress to create a path for undocumented young people to earn their citizenship by going to college or serving in the military.”
Guggenheim, who created popular documentaries like Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, plans to make a documentary out of the video submissions from Dreamers.
“I didn’t choose to come here,” one young woman says in her video, fighting back emotion. “It was a decision my parents made for me, in order to give me a better life. I’ve been living here 22 years. I don’t know any other place where I can call home.”
Others besides undocumented youth can also submit posts, including teachers, relatives and friends of Dreamers, as well as those involved in developing policy around immigration.
The Dream is Now project was unveiled this week because of the prominence of the topic of immigration reform after President Obama’s re-election, though prospects brightened once Republicans like Marco Rubio and John Boehner added to the voices calling for reform.
Powell Jobs believes the political landscape is perfectly positioned to resurrect legislation pined for by many, but faced with obstacles until now.
“With momentum building for immigration reform, we believe that the DREAM Act can become a reality,” she said.