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Silicon Valley Tech Leaders Help Undocumented Students

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A group of Silicon Valley tech head honchos are banding together for the sake of education.

The group, whose supporters include Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs, is trying to pass The Dream Act. The Dream Act is a legislation which would essentially help undocumented students go to college, get jobs and eventually, get legalized.

Palm Pilot inventor and organization member Jeff Hawkins explains:

"We have these kids who grew up here, went to school here. They're American kids, they have no other home and essentially we're abandoning them. They have a hard time getting an education and they have no prospects for work."

The group’s work benefits Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) in providing different programs to undocumented students, such as scholarships and internships and already has an operating budget of $600,000.

Executive Director Katharine Gin states:

"A lot of us were telling these students: 'Just get through college and we'll worry about the rest later,'" Gin said. "Now people are trying to figure out what we can do, trying to figure out something meaningful if we can't trust that immigration reform is going to happen."

It is SO important that education should benefit ALL American students!!! We are glad these technology leaders are stepping up to the plate and using their resources to help these kids!

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30 comments to “Silicon Valley Tech Leaders Help Undocumented Students”

  1. 1

    If Lauren Jobs wants to take some of the billions of $$$$$ she has, and pay to send foreign students to American universities, I'M fine with that
    But if she is taking her $$$$$ and trying to change the laws in this country to enable
    criminal (Illegals are criminals) than I have a real problem

  2. 2

    So sad. Here we have the top 1% of our society helping outsiders but not our own inner city kids or rural kids who do not have access to quality educations, jobs and livelihoods.

  3. 3


    Please stop with P C , BS
    Undocumented = Illegal = criminal

  4. 4

    this is amazing and I really hope it passes! Anybody who wants an education and will really take advantage of it, should be able to go to college. Its an investment!

    So many UNEDUCATED people will say, they're "illegal, criminals"… shouldn't get any help. It really is such an ignorant statement. I cant even begin to explain how dumb it makes the person look.

  5. 5

    Yes let's reward bad behavior, anything else we can dor them….

  6. 6

    Hey perez undocumented people are not Americans! They are criminals!

  7. 7

    Re: summerpistol – Let them get educated and help in there own country! Your the one that sounds dumb bitch! If they want to invest in education invest in the kids who cant afford to go to collage and are here legally!

  8. 8

    What a load of crap! Illegal is illegal! If we continue this, then we need to start getting rid of police and jails. After all, wouldn't it be discrimination to enforce some laws and not all.

  9. 9

    Re: SlaveMeh – Why do you have to call me names? Again, uneducated. Please open a dictionary and expand your vocabulary. Furthermore, Americans like you and I do get all the help they need to go to college, provided your grades are standard. There is FAFSA, CALGRANTS (California) and many others. I think ALL that want to further their education and will be an ASSET to our country should be allowed to further their education. It is afterall, an investment to our country. Would you rather have an American so-so lawyer, or a top notch (non american) lawyer handling your case? Be sincere when answering this question to yourself. Whether your born here or not, does not dictate your character or the INPUT and VALUE your character and TALENTS/EDUCATION you can provide to the human race. Before being Americans, Latinos, Blacks, Chinese, etc… we are Citizens of the World. We owe it to the better of human kind to dissolve petty thoughts and ideologies, to create a better life for the generations that are to come; for my children and yours.

  10. 10

    Most illegals come to America because things are soooo bad in their countries, that they seek a new life for them and their children. I dont know about you, but I would do ANYTHING to secure the well being of 3 year old son; ANYTHING! … I truly believe any parent would give their own life, for their children.
    Not to be all sappy here, but in 1981 there was a huge war in Central America, where the guerilla and army were going through a war. At the time, my mother was only 5 years old and her older brother 12. The guerilla wanted to recruit him for their little army (just like the KONY thing that is going on now, that EVERYBODY seems to care about) but since my grandma would not allow it (obvious fear) he was taken out of his home in the middle of the night, along with other boys of the little town. In the morning each parent found a black trash bag with their sons mutilated in parts.
    Thats truth. Thats whats going on in the world, whether the USA media tells you or not. Open a book and read. Do your own research and maybe you will see that people come here because we have the Kardashians and McDonalds, while they have black bags with their sons remains.

  11. 11

    I am happy to see that they are trying to help the undocumented students. What most people do not realize is that the vast majority of undocumented aliens are hard working tax payers that abide by the law. The crime associated with certain ethnic groups are born here in Amerca. I have worked with many aiens that will do the job witout complaining and do the job correctly. As a nurse I have worked with so many american born people that cut corners, hide, refuse to do thier job, complain, steal, and worse. My great grandfather came from Russia. He was in the Army as was my grandfather, father, and myself. We are what America is made of.

  12. 12

    Re: hawaiicate

    YES! YES! YES!!!!!

    So many wonderful non-american people have done so much for our country. We owe so much to them! Einstein was not AMERICAN- yet we owe much of our education to him.

  13. 13

    Re: hawaiicate – How are they paying taxes though? You need a social security number to pay taxes last time I checked… I guess a little bit of ID theft is ok in the long run.

  14. 14

    Re: summerpistol – Boo hoo, when my grandmother immigrated here after being liberated from Mauthausen, and being the last member of her family no one helped her. No one translated anything for her, she had to get her citizenship properly. So screw the sob story, they have to do the right thing.

  15. 15

    Re: thebigboot – Boo hoo? Really? This is America huh? A person tells you something that is horrible for anybody and you say boo hoo? Whoa.. .

    Wait, so did she get her citizenship before coming? or did she come here illegally and then become a citizen? Most illegals have applied for citizenship, but as you SHOULD know (since your grandmother went through it) it can take years and a lot of money to finally become a citizen. Most of the time Immigration will do lotteries for approval. Just a little FYI since youre definitely not well informed.

  16. 16

    Re: summerpistol – OK!! You sure did tell! NOT! I know im not uneducated so ur opinion of me is irrelevant!

  17. 17

    Re: SlaveMeh – Yet you didnt/couldnt answer any of my questions, because in the answer lies your character and thats something you would rather not discuss. So, tell you what, you get your opinion and I'll get mine. Done. I know the Dream Act will be passed and will be of benefit to this country. My country as well as yours. =)

  18. 18

    Great. Job's widow helps Mexican and Bill Gates helps Africa and both of them got rich because Americans made them rich.

  19. @v@ says – reply to this


    Something finite has to be done, one way or the other. Keeping these kids in limbo all these years indicates a system that is just not functioning properly.

  20. 20

    Parents who brought their worms here should not get any kind of amnesty,
    Parents who bring them along knew the consequences!
    We need armed soldiers at the border!

  21. 21

    Re: HAWTSTUFF – Wait… didn't your parents bring you here? If not them, their parents, if not theirs, theirs… so on, so on, etc. Someone came here… and started to build a life and because of that, you can now watch your tube and eat your McDonalds. Enjoy!

  22. Niels says – reply to this


    I am all for helping people, but we need to improve things for US citizens first. The education system here is ridiculous and needs a lot of improvement before non citizens should start receiving benefits.

    Re: summerpistol
    I am a college student and like many people I do not qualify for many scholarships. FAFSA has given me no money. My parents make too much money for me to receive many benefits, but school is still not even remotely affordable. Many of the scholarships in which I am qualified are no longer available due to the economy and budget cuts.

    One of the other major problems is that universities do not have enough money to accept many students. Many schools get around 70,000 applicants but will only accept around 6,000 students. If more money was available to universities, we would not be having such problems.

  23. 23

    It's great to see people with consciences still exist. Thank God. I find it all too easy to pass judgement and label ALL undocumented immigrants as criminals, but it takes a great and EVOLVED person to realize that because one lacks documentation, doesn't necessarily mean they lack dignity or ambition. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Jobs, it's great to see that REAL people of humanity are out there. People like you create hope, and not "holy-hype" replete with blanket based judgement. God Bless you.

  24. 24

    Re: SlaveMeh – That's "college" and "illegally".

  25. 25

    Maybe she feels guilty for all the sweat shops and slave labor in china that builds apple products.

  26. 26

    Re: summerpistol – You think it's dumb to deny criminals subsidized or even free college education? Christ, it's bad enough that filthy little illegal children get free elementary and high school education on American taxpayers' dime. You probably think we should give free college education to violent criminals, too, huh? Well, I'm sure you'll be stoked to learn that we do. If Charlie Manson wants a PhD in basketweaving or the history of early Hungarian cabinet making then he can. Your heart bleeds for criminals…

  27. 27

    Re: summerpistol – BTW, the LAUSD's graduation rate is 50%. Do you know why LAUSD's grad rate is so fucking low? Hmmm, do you think it has to do with the fact that LAUSD is FUCKING LOADED WITH ILLEGAL ALIEN KIDS? They are mostly Mexican with a sprinkling of central American filthy illegal alien cockroaches. The fathers who stick around don't encourage their little banditos to get an education and that's why all the illegals don't give a fuck and don't graduate. Why spend money on assholes that don't want to be educated?

  28. 28

    Re: @v@ – Howdy, @v@! Ya know what we can do with the kids in limbo? Kick 'em the fuck out! You always hear libs and some Republicans whine "Oh, it would be impossible to deport millions of people." Huh?!! Impossible? This is America, what does the word impossible even mean? Nah, it's easy: take 20 million people and load them up in buses and trains and drop their asses off right at the USA/Mexico border. We could finish the job in a few months. Problem solved :)

  29. 29

    Re: GreatGooglyMoogly – The reason why the average bear calls "an undocumented person" a criminal is because it is a crime in this country to be undocumented…so they are all criminals. Cops have been instructed not to go after illegals (Special Order 40) cuz politicians either want shitloads of cheap labor or shitloads of voters so they allow "the criminals" to cruise around the country not getting drivers licenses or car insurance or health insurance or anything else that the average American has to get and pay for themselves instead of taking a gov't handout like the filthy criminal illegal alien scumbags.

  30. 30

    You all fucking no soul having bastards, how can you all someone that WANTS to go to school and get an education a criminal???? American kids are so ungrateful, they complain about going to school for free and get shi*ty grades and get kicked out, while alien kids get thrown out of the country and school for not having a piece of paper even if they are doing well and abiding to the law. What's wrong with you people MY GOD, is this how all americans really think? no wonder Rick Santorum still keeps getting votes *vomits* These men are finally using their money for something great.