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To become a member of our coalition, please fill out our member application form. MIRC’s Governance Committee Members with staff will review your application to ensure you meet membership criteria and recommend it for a board vote.
Our greatest strength is the diversity and mutual support of our coalition members. MIRC is most successful when we advocate for continued leadership within individual communities from both member organizations and immigrant leaders. We strive to advance systemic change and equity in Maine by making immigrant voices heard in state and city policy.
Housing Solutions • Transportation • Health Equity • Language Access • Education • Food Security
Housing • Healthcare Access • Civil Rights • Workforce and Economic Development • Driver’s License Access • MaineCare Expansion (All Means All!) • General Assistance Reforms • Paid Family and Medical Leave • Professional Credentialing & Licensing • Racial Equity • Funding Access for Ethnic Community-Based Organizations • Language Access • Community-Led Needs Assessments • ELL / Adult Education • Juvenile Justice Reform • Vaccine Equity • Childcare Availability • Digital Equity • Job Training • Standing with the Wabanaki
Asylum Seekers Work Authorization Act • Afghan Adjustment Act • Reducing the USCIS Backlog • Protecting DACA • Pathways to Citizenship • Universal Representation • Refugee Protection Act • Lifting the Five Year Bar • Protection for Ukrainians, Afghans, and Other Displaced Persons • Climate Migration and Environmental Justice • Adoptee Citizenship Act
Policy Name: Final Public Charge Rule
Overview: The “Public Charge” test has been part of federal immigration law for decades. It is designed to identify people who may depend on government benefits as their main source of support. 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.
Policy Name: Maine’s General Assistance Rule #22E – Access for Certain Non-Citizens
Overview: 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.
Actions: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) published the new rules and you can find them here.
Bills that MIRC supported that were successful:
i. LD 1841: Working group to study/make recommendations to lower credentialing barriers
(this bill sprang from LD 532 & LD 769 which MIRC supported.)
ii. LD 1685: Revolving loan fund to pay for expenses directly related to helping those waiting for their initial work permits to be more work ready, such as translation and evaluation fees of education/experience credentials, TOEFL exam fees, driver’s license fee etc.
iii. LD 1596: Bill giving district courts jurisdiction over some 18,19, & 20 year old immigrant youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, to get special findings that will help them get permanent residency in the U.S.
iv. LD 1475: Bill requiring all law enforcement agencies to have policies prohibiting bias-based profiling, training officers, studying how to collect data to be able to understand the scope of the problem
v. LD 777: Establishing a Permanent Commission on the status of racial, indigenous and Tribal populations in Maine, including immigrants as part of focus.
Bills that MIRC opposed that were successfully defeated:
i. Bills to amend the constitution to prohibit noncitizen voting in local elections.
ii. Mandatory E-Verify for all employers in Maine
iii. Lockman’s bill to require state/local police to do immigration law enforcement – never brought to a vote on the floor.
Bills that MIRC supported that were carried over to next year:
i. LD 647: The bill that would have added funding for adult ESOL classes, for combined job skills/ESOL classes at worksites, for the NMRC and for a new Welcome Center in Lewiston, and planning grants for communities that want to attract and retain immigrants.
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