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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: 


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delegation to lead aggressive efforts to enact immigration reforms that update and vastly improve our nation’s outdated immigration system, protect our borders while preserving due process and human rights, and facilitate trade.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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.  

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.


Adele Masengo Designs

American Roots

Androscoggin Bank

Associated General Contractors of Maine

Austin Street Brewery


Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Bangor Savings Bank

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Bates College

Bernstein Shur


Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Bowdoin College

C. Love Cookie Project/C. Love Baking School



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.


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


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


Mandy Levine Consulting, LLC

Manufacturers Association of Maine


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


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



Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce



St. Joseph's College

Street and Co., LLC

The Jackson Laboratory

Thomas College


TRSS Wealth Management

Tyson / Barber Foods

Union River Lobster Pot

University of New England

Unum Group

Valico Group

Verrill Dana

VETRO FiberMap


Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine

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