Welcoming Our Newest Neighbors

Maine is in the midst of demographic decline. But Portland, with its diverse and welcoming community, is helping to reverse that trend. We need to see people, no matter where they are from or who they worship, as our newest neighbors who want to give back to the community, start small businesses, and raise their families here. 

Priorities:

  • Work to increase communication, coordination, and collaboration between the Office of Economic Opportunity and local nonprofits and business community working to integrate immigrants and asylum seekers into the community and workforce.

  • Fully fund the Office of Economic Opportunity and leverage local, state, and federal dollars to offer grants to assist nonprofits engaged in immigrant integration. 

  • Increase accessibility by translating  city websites, forms and applications, and other city communications to foster civic engagement and inclusion.

  • Connect new Portlanders to apprenticeship and job training programs and helping them transfer skills, expertise, and certifications.

  • Continue the policy of prohibiting city staff and public safety from inquiring about immigration status or assisting in federal immigration enforcement activity.