Some of the biggest names in fashion, retail and technology are supporting legislation that would create a path to U.S. citizenship for young immigrants in the wake of the Trump administration's rollback of a popular immigration program.Leaders from two dozen companies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s chief executive officer Doug McMillon, Amazon ceo Jeff Bezos, Target Corp. ceo Brian Cornell, Facebook founder and ceo Mark Zuckerberg and Google ceo Sundar Pichai signed a letter urging leading lawmakers to pass the Dream Act, or something similar, in order to protect young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.Until recently, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, put into effect in 2012 by President Obama, vetted young immigrants and provided about 800,000 with social security numbers, allowing them to pay taxes and seek employment, and protected them from deportation on a rolling two-year basis. But President Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions early this month canceled the program, despite widespread opposition by businesses and the president’s previous claims that young immigrants, or “Dreamers” as they’ve become known, “should rest easy” when thinking of his position on immigration.Now that the administration has decided to rescind DACA, corporate leaders are hoping that the Dream Act will find enough support in Congress and the Senate to create a “permanent legislative solution” for young immigrants that are all set to lose their legal residency by March. “Roughly 800,000 DACA recipients will lose their ability to work and study legally, will be forced from their jobs and will be subject to immediate deportation,” the letter says. “Further, without congressional action, our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national gross domestic product and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions. Congressional action and a permanent legislative solution is the only path forward to prevent these devastating consequences. This is urgent and we only have a few months to act.”The letter goes on to note that all DACA recipients, generally between 15 and 36 years old, have grown up in America and are paying income taxes, while 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, 16 percent have purchased a home and 5 percent have started their own businesses. Other signatories to the Dream Act support letter include eBay president and ceo Devin Wenig, Etsy ceo Josh Silverman, Facebook chief operations officer Sheryl Sandberg, Gap president and ceo Art Peck, as well as the brand’s cofounders Doris and Robert Fisher, Levi Strauss & Co. president and ceo Chip Bergh, MM LaFleur founder and ceo Sarah Miyazawa LaFleur, Stitch Fix founder and ceo Katrina Lake, Warby Parker cofounders and co-ceos Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa and Tiffany & Co. board director Michael J. Kowalski. While the Dream Act has supporters among Democratic and Republican lawmakers, it’s been tossed around Washington for years.A version of the act, officially the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, was introduced to Congress in 2001 and subsequently amended and reintroduced annually from 2009 to 2012. It has faced repeated filibusters and fallen short of the 60 Senate votes needed to be formally considered, leading Obama to enact DACA in 2012 through an executive order.Neither Trump nor Sessions mentioned the purpose of DACA or what the program offers to participants or the country in their separate explanations for the rollback. Instead, they referred to the program as “executive amnesty” deployed by Obama through an executive order after he failed to get Congressional approval.Since taking office in January, Trump has signed 45 executive orders on issues that didn’t have congressional approval. During his presidential tenure, Obama averaged 35 executive orders per year.Since his campaign, Trump has tried to take a hardline on immigration and immigrants and in August, the White House put its support behind the Republican-developed RAISE Act, or Reforming America's Immigration for String Employment Act. The act aims to cut legal immigration into the U.S. by half through a reduction in green-card issuances, while removing pathways for close relatives of citizens to apply for citizenship.For More, See:Amazon Backs States’ Lawsuit Against Trump’s DACA RollbackFashion Digs In as Donald Trump Dumps Climate AccordCFDA, FWD.us Release Joint Report on Immigration ReformLVMH Prize Event Highlights Immigration Hurdles
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @@Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion