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Frustrated by Lack of Immigration Reform, Silicon Valley “Tech Titans” Fund Effort to Aid DREAMers

by Mahwish Khan on 03/07/2012 at 11:02am

laurene powell jobsSome of Silicon Valley’s big names are lending support to Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC.org). Via The Wall Street Journal, we get details on this major development involving a commitment by some significant players from tech world, including the widow of Apple’s Steve Jobs, to support DREAMers:

A group of Silicon Valley technology leaders, impatient with attempts to rewrite immigration laws, is funding efforts to help undocumented youths attend college, find jobs and stay in the country despite their illegal status.

The group includes Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the Palm Pilot; and the family foundations of Andrew Grove, co-founder of Intel Corp.; and Mark Leslie, founder of the former Veritas Software Corp. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, has for years supported undocumented students through her organizations that help low-income high-school students.

The Silicon Valley money is part of a broader response by individuals and states to Congress, which hasn’t passed the Dream Act. That federal legislation would offer a path to legalization for illegal immigrants who graduate from a U.S. high school and attend college or join the military.

“We think Congress’s inaction…is devastating for these students and tragic for the country,” said Ms. Powell Jobs, who was one of the first in the tech community to champion the Dream Act by lobbying her congresswoman and writing an op-ed piece supporting the legislation.

The focus of the Silicon Valley philanthropists is Educators for Fair Consideration, or E4FC, a nonprofit that gives scholarships, career advice and legal services to students brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

This is a welcome development and a signal that some of the greatest entreprenurial minds in the United States grasp the value of the DREAMers, even if too many members of Congress still don’t.

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