Enhancing Immigrant Lives for a Stronger Maine

ADVOCATE

MIRC is advancing systemic change and equity in Maine through collaborative advocacy for policy development at state and city levels to ensure that immigrants’ voices are heard when issues impacting their daily lives and economic integration come before the legislature.

COLLABORATE

Our organization values collaboration and the shared sense of purpose that exists among Coalition member organizations. MIRC is successful when members collaborate to achieve policy objectives that improve the lives of immigrants in Maine.

INFORM

We aim to be a resource of important information for our community. The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition Ecosystem Map is a map of all the organizations that are supporting immigrants and refugees in Maine.

What We Do

At the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, our mission is to improve the legal, social and economic conditions experienced by Maine’s immigrants – enhancing their lives while strengthening Maine – through advocacy, information sharing and collaboration both through and among our member organizations.

MIRC is the convener of a unique, statewide network of 68 organizations, a majority of which are led by people of color – representing diverse ethnic communities across our state. All coalition member organizations are working to create and support programs and policies that promote immigrant inclusion and integration.

 

Members

Our Partners and Members make up our extensive network of resources and support for Maine Immigrants. Through this unique collaboration of leaders around Maine, we’re strengthening our community and our state.

Current Policy

Overview

We’re continually following and advocating for local, state, and national policy that affect Maine’s immigrant community. MIRC identifies the top issues impacting immigrants and calls upon our supporters to take action to ensure legislation is passed or blocked. Here’s what we’re woking on now:

Final Public Charge Rule

If the government determines someone is likely to become a “public charge,” the government can deny admission to the U.S. or refuse an application for lawful permanent residency.

Maine's General Assistance Rule #22E - Access for Certain Non-Citizens

On June 18th Gov. Janet Mills announced she is relaxing restrictions on General Assistance eligibility to allow more asylum seekers to qualify for the welfare benefits, reversing a LePage administration policy in response to a recent surge in migrants.