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Visiting Professor Anna Welch publishes op-ed on immigration reform

Dec. 16, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – Anna Welch, a visiting professor and supervisor of the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic at the University of Maine School of Law, co-authored an opinion piece that was published in the Portland Press Herald on Dec. 16.

Welch collaborated on the piece with Sue Roche, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland. Welch and Roche called for Congress to prioritize the passage of comprehensive immigration reform in 2014.

Click here to read the full op-ed. Here’s an excerpt:

“As the year comes to an end and Congress has failed to act on immigration reform in 2013, it is critical for Maine that lawmakers live up to their promises to address the issue first thing in 2014. Maine can’t afford the “do-nothing” tactics in Congress, where comprehensive immigration reform is held hostage by polarized politics.

Immigration reform is essential for our nation, and even more so for Maine, its oldest and whitest state. We need immigrants, who help revitalize our cities, increase our workforce, put money into our economy, start new businesses and offer culture and diversity that enrich our traditional communities.

As each day passes, talented Mainers are kept out of the workforce and forced to live in the shadows because of their immigration status. Record deportations continue to tear families apart. At the same time, our hospitality and agricultural industries struggle amidst worker shortages; our high-tech companies struggle to attract innovative talent and our immigrant entrepreneurs remain stifled in their ability to start businesses.”

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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