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  • State of Maine

  • Portland, Maine (April, 2003)

  • Minuteman founder endorses Scontras
    By Megan Buerger for the PolitikerME, June 9, 2008

    Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist has endorsed Dean Scontras (R-Elliot), saying he will be "A leader in congress on immigration reform and border security," according to the Scontras campaign.

    Scontras is currently battling Charlie Summers (R-Scarborough) to secure the Republican nomination for Maine's 1st Congressional District.

    "I'm proud to accept Mr. Gilchrist's endorsement in the Republican Primary," said Scontras in a statement. "Border security is an issue that Maine Republicans are concerned about and that I've worked hard to do something about during this campaign. Mainers have my pledge to make securing our borders and cracking down on the sanctuary cities, states and companies which encourage the flow of illegal immigrants into America a top priority when I am elected to Congress."
    Mass. man held in license scheme By TREVOR MAXWELL for the Portland Press Herald, April 1, 2008

    For the second time in a month, federal investigators have broken up an alleged scheme by illegal immigrants living out of state to obtain Maine driver's licenses.

    Guilherme Malaquias, 23, of Newton, Mass., was arrested March 20 and is being held at the Cumberland County Jail. A bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at U.S. District Court.

    A federal immigration agent claims that Malaquias was to be paid $2,000 for driving a fellow Brazilian to Maine from...
    New wrinkle in hiring immigrants
    By Edward D. Murphy for the Portland Press Herald, September 11, 2007

    Another wrinkle in immigration law is bedeviling Maine employers, particularly those who hire seasonal workers.

    Earlier this year, Maine's summer businesses that bring in help from overseas were caught up in a documentation backlog in the Department of Homeland Security. Now, a new regulation means company owners may have to fire some workers with inconsistent records to avoid possible jail time and a big fine.

    The latest issue involves workers who provide Social Security...
    City may limit inquiries about immigrant status By KELLEY BOUCHARD Staff Writer for the Portland Press Herald, April 16, 2003

    Portland city councilors took a step Tuesday night toward prohibiting police and other city workers from randomly asking people about their immigration status.

    The City Council's public safety committee voted 2-1 to recommend an ordinance that would allow such inquiries only in certain circumstances. The local law was proposed by immigrants' advocates and supported by Police Chief Michael Chitwood, who adopted a similar policy for his department a month ago.