Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine


As immigration patterns change over time, Congress must review our immigration policies to ensure that they meet our evolving needs as a nation, allow us to regulate traffic across our borders, and add to the rich diversity of our nation.

I strongly believe we should streamline legal immigration and promote naturalization for those who qualify, including parents of U.S. citizens, young people who have been in the U.S. for at least five years, and students and entrepreneurs, while also keeping families together who have lived in the United States for years.

It is well past time that we re-examine our immigration process to ensure that those who want to immigrate legally have the opportunity to do so, while protecting the rights of American workers, defending our national security, and enforcing the laws that are already in place.

Keep posted to this page for updates on this critical issue.

More on Immigration

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is asking the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to reconsider its decision not to allow Portland student Allan Monga to compete in its National Poetry Out Loud competition. 

Apr 11, 2018 Press Release
"For the remainder of his term, I hope he feels freer to reach across the aisle so we can address pressing issues that have been blocked by partisan gridlock, such as immigration reform. ..."
Apr 5, 2018 Press Release
“This appears to be a politically motivated effort to exploit anti-foreigner sentiment and appeal to his base. ..."
Mar 27, 2018 Press Release

PORTLAND, MAINE—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement after the Commerce Department announced that a new question on citizenship would be added to the 2020 Census:

Jan 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) cosponsored a censure resolution in response to President Donald Trump’s racist comments stating that America should turn away immigrants from African nations and Haiti and allow more immigrants from countries like Norway. Pingree is one of nearly 150 cosponsors of the resolution in the U.S. House, the full resolution can be found here.

Specifically, the resolution censures President Trump for the following:

Jan 12, 2018 Press Release

PORTLAND, MAINE—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) released the following statement on President Trump’s racist comments about immigrants from several nations.

Jul 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement in response to the the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s decision to issue only 15,000 H-2B visas and new regulations for small business owners to hire seasonal workers: