As New York Fashion Week gets into full force, we’re continuing our Midterm Countdown series this week with fashion and immigration. We’ve seen the power of immigrant fashion designers on the runway this September — from Carly Cushnie and Prabal Gurung to Kerby Jean-Raymond’s politically-charged show in Brooklyn.

Why do the midterms and immigration matter for the fashion community? The fashion industry continues to face immigration hurdles in Washington — from the uncertainty of DACA and the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) to limited visa opportunities for innovators working at the intersection of fashion and tech. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Congress has oversight and legislative powers to make change — starting with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the House Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

As FIA founder Kenya Wiley has repeatedly stated, restricting immigration has serious consequences for fashion and tech.

FIA has been fighting for positive change for immigration policy since the Alliance’s launch; and in June, FIA joined Parsons School of Design, the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law urging the Administration to keep the International Entrepreneur Program. Read more here.

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