Laurene Powell Jobs on immigration reform & Steve Jobs' 'private legacy'

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Laurene Powell Jobs is speaking publicly for the first time since her husband Steve Jobs' death to advocate for immigration reform.

“I started getting more and more active around immigration reform because this was such a waste of lives, such a waste of potential, such a waste for our country not to have the human capital that we developed – geared towards improving our entire society,” said Powell Jobs in an exclusive interview with Rock Center Anchor Brian Williams airing Friday, April 12 at 10pm/9CDT on NBC.

While Powell Jobs is focused and committed to her goal of getting immigration legislation passed, the intensely private Powell Jobs also addressed her husband's legacy.

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Local Heroes 2012: The Independent’s Annual Awards for Outstanding Santa Barbarans

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In ancient Greece, a hero ​— ​also known as a demigod ​— ​referred to someone born from a mortal and a god (think Perseus). Over time, however, the definition of hero (and heroine) expanded to include anyone who displays courage, self-sacrifice, and altogether noble qualities ​— ​an ordinary person who fights the odds and prevails.

The folks selected each year as The Santa Barbara Independent’s Local Heroes may not be demigods, but they definitely fit the current description of hero. Among the 20 chosen for 2012 are a woman who helped save the condor from extinction; someone who’s raised thousands of dollars for the downtrodden through dancing; a man who instills a love of science into high school kids; and a couple who give voice and a new life to abused, abandoned pit bulls.

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Deferred Action Guidelines and Forms

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Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process.

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.

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Brown signs California Dream Act

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New law covers private funding; governor signals he may also favor expanding public Cal Grants eligibility.

Following through on a campaign promise, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Monday easing access to privately funded financial aid for undocumented college students. He also signaled that he was likely to back a more controversial measure allowing those students to seek state-funded tuition aid in the future...

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June 22, 2011: My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant. NY Times Magazine.

May 6, 2011: Assembly Passes Dream Act

May 2011:  Information regarding AB 131 (portion of the CA Dream Act).

May 2011: Information regarding AB 130 (portion of the CA Dream Act).

December 30, 2010: Opinion: Why the DREAM Act Needs Its Next Act. CNN.

December 22, 2010: Undocumented Youths vow renewed activism. LA Times.

November 28, 2010: Students want the Dream Act to become reality. LA Times.

November 17, 2010: Fresno State student body president: I'm illegal. Disclosure comes amid debate over tuition benefits for undocumented students.

October 5, 2010: From Migrant Worker to Surgeon (video).