Maine Compact

on Immigration

The Maine Compact on Immigration is a bipartisan initiative by members of Maine’s business community and higher education institutions to promote immigration policies that will strengthen our economy and communities, attract and retain global talent, and bring new entrepreneurs, businesses and workers to our nation and state. The Compact’s principles reflect the signatories’ vision of commonsense and future-focused federal immigration reforms that reaffirm the country’s commitment to remaining a nation that welcomes immigrants, and that address the realities of our state’s and nation’s workforce needs and demographic challenges.  These principles also affirm the signatories’ support for state and local policies and practices that recognize the myriad economic contributions immigrants make as volunteers, consumers, students, workers, entrepreneurs, taxpayers, and civically engaged citizens, strengthening Maine’s communities and economy. 

We urge Maine’s congressional delegation and state leaders to adopt the principles of the Maine Compact on Immigration to guide the immigration discussion in our state. Furthermore, we encourage state and local leaders to follow suit with policies, practices and programs that create welcoming communities in Maine.

 

Maine Compact on Immigration Principles: 

 

FEDERAL SOLUTIONS
Immigration policy is a federal issue with profound impact on states and the economy. We urge Maine’s congressional delegation to lead aggressive efforts to enact immigration reforms that update and vastly improve our nation’s outdated immigration system, protect our borders while preserving due process and human rights, and facilitate trade. Maine will thrive with a federal immigration system that is flexible enough to address the needs of businesses, while protecting the interests of both foreign-born and native-born workers.

 

STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY & WORKFORCE
For our state economy to grow and compete, Maine needs a robust workforce and policies that prioritize attracting and retaining global talent. This necessitates a federal immigration system that is both responsive to, and effective at, meeting the demands of Maine’s economy and the sectors that drive growth in our state. We also call on state leaders to adopt policies and practices to help Maine become a destination of choice for immigrants to the U.S. and that provide an environment where immigrants can reach their full potential in our state. 

 

FAMILY
Strong families are critical to developing successful individuals and cohesive communities. Federal immigration policies should prioritize keeping families together in order to ensure the most supportive home environments for all children in our country and across our state.

 

A COMMONSENSE APPROACH
Immigrants have always been, and remain, an important part of our communities. We must adopt a commonsense approach to immigration that reflects our long-established values and recognizes the critical role that immigration has played in the history, culture, and economy of both our state and the nation. Federal immigration policies must provide sensible and fair paths forward for immigrants wishing to come to the U.S. to find opportunity and to work, to join their immediate families, and to seek refuge from persecution.  Our immigration laws must also include a path towards citizenship for those already here who lack legal status and who are of good character, pay taxes, and are committed to becoming fully participating members of our society and culture.

 

EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT
We support a federal immigration enforcement strategy that emphasizes public safety, targets serious crime, safeguards witnesses and victims, keeps families together whenever possible, and considers the interests of and unintended consequences to businesses, the workforce, and communities. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not on civil violations of federal code.  


STRONG  COMMUNITIES
Communities that grow and attract talent are the ones that are welcoming to all. We support state and local policies, practices and programs that provide a welcoming environment for immigrants and offer all residents the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.

Signatories

Adele Masengo Designs


American Roots


Androscoggin Bank

Associated General Contractors of Maine


Austin Street Brewery


Axiom


Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce


Bangor Savings Bank


Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce


Bates College

Bernstein Shur

BerryDunn


Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences


Bowdoin College

C. Love Cookie Project/C. Love Baking School

Cabot7

Cambium


Catama Productions

Central Maine Power


Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI)


Coffee by Design


Colby College


Common Census


Community Concepts Finance Corporation

cPort Credit Union


Dead River

Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Educate Maine


Fisherman's Net


Focus Maine


Fogtown Brewing Co.

Geiger


Goodwill Industries of Northern New England


Gorham Savings Bank


Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center


GWI (Great Works Internet)


Hancock Lumber 

Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine


Hospitality Maine


Hussey Seating

IntWork, LLC


Jasper Wyman & Sons


Lee Auto Malls


Lee International


Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of

Commerce


Live and Work in Maine

Lucro Management
 

Luke’s Lobster

Maine Beer Company

Maine Business Immigration Coalition (MeBIC)

Maine Center for Entrepreneurs

Maine College of Art

Maine Community Action Partnership

Maine Dairy Industry Association

Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association


Maine Health Care Association


Maine State Chamber of Commerce


Maine Stream Finance


Maine Tourism Association


MaineHealth

Mandy Levine Consulting, LLC


Manufacturers Association of Maine

MEMIC

Northern Light Health


ON Semiconductor


Orono Brewing


Pan Tim Wood Products


Penobscot Community Health Care

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce


Portland Yacht Services


Preti Flaherty


ProSearch


Rainbow Construction, Inc.


Ready Seafood


Retail Association of Maine


Revision Energy


Rising Tide Brewing Co.


Rosemont Market & Bakery


RSC Consulting

Sappi North America


Sebasco Harbor Resort

 

ShipRight
 

Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce

Spurwink


St.Germain


St. Joseph's College

Street and Co., LLC

The Jackson Laboratory


Thomas College


Tilson

tkc.io


TRSS Wealth Management


Tyson / Barber Foods


Union River Lobster Pot


University of New England


Unum Group

Valico Group

Verrill Dana

VETRO FiberMap


WEX

Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine