Across America, millions of young, undocumented students are holding their collective breath, waiting to see if the DREAM Act is ever passed. The legislation would open a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country illegally by their parents. Until it passes, millions are in limbo, waiting to see when they can begin their lives.
Now, their stories are being told. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, have launched a new website called The Dream is Now. On the site, undocumented DREAM Act kids can post videos of their personal stories. It is Guggenheim’s and Powell Jobs’ hope that by seeing the stories of these young people—who are our neighbors and our kids’ friends and peers—more Americans will wake up to the reality that these students are already very much a part of the fabric of the country—a part of, but still apart from the rest of the populace.
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With President Obama winning reelection with 70% of the Hispanic vote, immigration activists feel more optimistic that the DREAM Act will finally pass, despite years of the two political parties haggling over the details.
For more information, visit The Dream is Now.