From the AP:


Saks Fifth Avenue and Oscar de la Renta are among the fashion industry players who are joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg's coalition for immigration reform and calling for an easier visa process for international workers.


Bloomberg made the announcement Friday, the day after the close of the fall previews at New York Fashion Week. Brooks Brothers, Perry Ellis, Diane von Furstenberg and Malia Mills are also joining the group, which already claims as members chief executives of major corporations including Hewlett-Packard, Disney and News Corp.


The Partnership for a New American Economy pushes for a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants and wants to make it easier for companies to hire foreign students and attract overseas talent.


Next Model Management owner Faith Kates is joining the group and says photo shoots in New York are often cancelled or delayed because of visa problems.