Shawna has worked for City of Portland as Community Policing Service Coordinator for the Portland Police Department for 21 years. She has been on several boards including Center for Grieving Children, Family Crisis Service and Cambodian Art & Scholarship Foundation. Shawna who is originally from Cambodia, has been volunteering at the Center for Grieving Children in the Intercultural Program for over 18 years. Shawna lives in South Freeport.
MIRC Bill Tracked in Last Session
- LD1492 “An Act To Attract, Educate and Retain New Mainers To Strengthen the Workforce”
- LD1819 (LR2656) “An Act Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation”
- LD1833 “An Act To Facilitate Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities
- LD 1740 “An Act To Establish the Crimes of Criminal Forced Labor and Aggravated Criminal Forced Labor in the Maine Criminal Code”
- What is the Public Charge? 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.
The White House is reviewing a proposal that would change longstanding “public charge” policy—forcing immigrant families to make an impossible choice between meeting basic needs and keeping their families together in this country.
- USCIS customer service phone line (1-800-375-5283) or visit our website, for information/assistance
- On April 24, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia found that the Administration’s justification for rescinding DACA could not lawfully support that action. The decision aligns with two other federal court decisions that enjoined DACA’s rescission that are on appeal, but also differed in one critical way.The prior court federal court decisions ordered the government to resume processing applications to renew the DACA status of those individuals who had previously received it. This latest decision orders the government to also resume processing applications for DACA status by those who meet the program’s eligibility requirements but who are applying for the first time.The D.C. Federal District Court’s decision applies nationwide. However, the Court stayed its decision for 90 days to give the government an opportunity to provide additional justification for its decision to rescind. If the government does not respond, the injunction will take effect on July 23, 2018. If the government does respond, the Court will consider the legality of its new rationale. (Written for MeBIC Partners)
- The administration has terminated Honduran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) effective January 5, 2020. Individuals from Honduras who currently have TPS will be required to re-register in order to maintain their status and work authorization until January 5, 2020. The time frame to re-register has not yet been announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You can find updated information at this link: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/temporary-protected-status-designated-country-honduras.
ILAP is currently available to provide free legal consultations for affected Hondurans in Maine. When USCIS announces the re-registration time frame, ILAP will provide free legal assistance in helping people re-register once this announcement is made.
- New TANF/Food stamps Regulations Rules: The Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiatives
MIRC PRESS RELEASES
- MIRC Statement – Synagogue Shooting Pittsburgh
- MIRC Statement – Public Charge Rule Released 9-24-18
- MIRC Statement – Non-Citizen Voting in Portland August 13, 2018
- MIRC Statement – Family Separation June 21, 2018
- For Immediate Release – NY Attacks on LetterHead
- MIRC Statement – Dreamers & Immigration Reforms
- MIRC Statement – LD1833
Supporting Immigrant Tenants (SIT) Loan Program A Program of Prosperity Maine formerly Community Financial Literacy (CFL)
Supporting Immigrant Tenants has created a no- interest revolving- loan fund from which immigrants can borrow money to pay for a security deposit for renting an apartment in the Greater Portland area. By partnering with Affinity Credit Union the program aims to develop financial literacy among renter and build credit experience. By requiring education on landlord tenant issues the likelihood of the tenant receiving back the deposit at the end of the rental is increased.