Laurene Powell Jobs has spoken publicly for the first time since her husband Steve Jobs' death, touching upon her husband's legacy at Apple, but focusing on her support of immigration reform.
During an interview with Rock Center host Brian Williams, which was televised in the US on Friday, Powell Jobs was asked what it's like to see so many people using Apple products that Steve Jobs helped design. "It's pretty cool," she said. "To do what you wanna do, to leave a mark- in a way that you think is important and lasting, that's a life well lived."
"His private legacy with me and the kids is that of husband and father, and we miss him every day," Powell Jobs said of Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011 at the age of 56 after battling with cancer.
Powell Jobs has been an advocate of immigration reform, launching a new website called The Dream Is Now as part of her promotion of The Dream Act, which aims to help young immigrants earn legal residency in the US.
"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 or entire society," Powell Jobs told Williams.
Powell Jobs has teamed up with director Davis Guggenheim in order to produce a documentary highlighting the stories of young immigrants, also known as 'DREAMers', to give them a chance to be heard and to raise awareness of the DREAM Act.
"These are kids who are brought to this country as youngsters who are raised as Americans and who go to American schools, and then when they graduate high school they have no prospects in front of them because they are undocumented," Powell Jobs said during the interview. "I think there's been a great realisation over the last several years that, in fact we do not wish to punish the children because of the actions from their parents."
If passed, the DREAM Act legislation would give these young people a chance to earn citizenship in the US by enlisting in the military or pursing a degree.
"I can relate so personally to those students," said Powell Jobs. "I understand that for me, school enhanced and even made my life."