ECONOMY Maine is best served by an economic philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role that immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Maine’s immigration policies must enhance our reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.
FEDERAL SOLUTIONS Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries—not Maine and other countries. We urge Maine’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Maine.
FAMILIES Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Maine children.
LAW ENFORCEMENT We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.
A FREE SOCIETY Immigrants are integrated into communities across Maine. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Maine should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.
On February 10, 2011, David Barber of Barber Foods, Adam Lee of Lee Auto Malls, John Paterson, Dr. Jacob Gerritsen, and Joe Appel of Rosemont Market and Bakery launched the Maine Compact. To sign your name or your business to the Maine Compact, fill out this quick online form. For more information, contact Hayden Anderson of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project at 207-780-1593 or Ryan Mack of the ACLU of Maine at 207-774-5444 or contact us by email.