The Trump administration announced its decision today to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We are very disappointed in President Trump’s decision to end DACA, as it will affect students and entrepreneurs in fashion and tech. New York alone—home to many fashion tech entrepreneurs—currently has 42,000 individuals afforded legal protection under DACA. California has an estimated 200,000 DACA recipients. Updating the U.S. immigration system will require legislative action, including passage of the bipartisan DREAM Act.

In a recent article in WWD, FIA founder Kenya Wiley discussed the fashion tech community’s response to the administration’s decision to end DACA. Read more here.

The Fashion Innovation Alliance also joined more than 500 business leaders calling on President Trump to preserve the DACA program and for Congress to pass legislation to protect DREAMers. The letter from industry leaders is available here.

 

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