Mayor Michael Bloomberg has joined with leaders of the fashion industry to push for immigration reform, saying rules in place now are preventing many fashion models from strutting down runways in the U.S.
Bloomberg said arbitrarily low caps on visas, unpredictable processing delays and inconsistent criteria for work-related visas are keeping models out of the country and forced the cancelation of some photo shoots during Fashion Week, which ended Thursday.
"Some of the fashion people can't get their models over here, and they've started to cancel," Bloomberg said Friday on his weekly radio address on WOR. "Faith Kates from Next Model Management was telling us the other day they've started to cancel some of the photo shoots because they can't get the models in or their cameras."
Bloomberg said the fashion industry accounts for 5-1/2 percent of the city's workforce and 31 percent of its manufacturing jobs.