Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Garment Industry Follows Threads Of Immigration Overhaul

Many industries need immigration reform, I had not realized the garment industry needs it too.   - - Donna Poisl

by Sonari Glinton, NPR

In Los Angeles, the business of fashion is big. The apparel business employs as many as 45,000 workers in L.A. County, many of them immigrants.

Consequently, the garment industry is worried about the outcome of the immigration debate and watching closely to see what happens.

One of the heavyweights is American Apparel, which makes more than 40 million articles of clothing each year out of its factory near downtown L.A.

The clothing industry is notorious for employing illegal workers. American Apparel was forced to fire nearly one-third of its workforce — 1,800 employees — after an immigration crackdown in 2009.
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