Contributed by Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

On April 22, President Trump issued an order suspending the entry of certain immigrants from entering the United States for at least the next sixty days. Those who will be denied entry include parents, siblings, and adult children of U.S. citizens as well as spouses and children of lawful permanent residents.

The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition strongly condemns the action, which is an addition to many other divisive policies passed by this administration that disempower immigrants and hurt immigrant family reunification efforts.

MIRC believes immigrants make the United States a better place for all who live here. Reunifying families contributes to our workforce, tax base, and economy.

The executive order to suspend entry of certain immigrants during this unprecedented public health crisis is unjust, and we strongly urge the President to retract this policy.

MIRC represents 69-member organizations including immigrant constituency groups, advocacy groups, direct service organizations, grassroots community organizations, and all who are creating programs and policies reflecting their values and commitment to immigrant inclusion and integration.  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.