LOS ANGELES, CA - 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, the family foundations of Andrew Grove, co-founder of Intel Corp.; Mark Leslie, founder of the former Veritas Software Corp., and Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. Powell Jobs has worked to help undocumented students through her work with College Track and Emerson Collective, which provide resources, services and advocacy on behalf of high school and college students, many of whom lack legal status. She has also advocated publicly for the passage of the Dream Act and helped promote a summer internship program for Dreamers.
The group's work was first reported Monday by the Wall Street Journal.
"We think Congress's inaction…is devastating for these students and tragic for the country," said 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 group, described by Palm Pilot inventor Jeff Hawkins as a loose coalition, is looking to provide assistance and guidance to students in the absence of legislation such as the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who are college students and military service members.
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. undocumented as children.
"We have these kids who grew up here, went to school here. They're
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