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Pingree, 60+ House Members Call On Biden To Increase US Refugee Admissions Programs Cap As Continued Evacuation Is Promised

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and 66 of her colleagues in the House, led by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), sent a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to expand efforts to welcome Afghan refugees into the United States. In the letter, the lawmakers call on Biden to provide humanitarian parole to Afghans in need, including to the families of U.S. citize...

VIDEO: In House Appropriations Committee, Pingree Secures Provision to Issue Additional H-2B Visas

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today advanced an increase in the number of H-2B visas through an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. The provision would give DHS the authority to add up to 64,716 additional visas in FY2022 which could nearly double the number of H-2B visas available next year to seasonal businesses in Maine and across the country. C...

Pingree, Golden Call on DHS to Safely Re-Open the U.S.-Canadian Border

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Today, Reps. Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) joined a group of members of Congress from New England border states urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to safely reopen the U.S.-Canadian border. “Since the land border between the United States and Canada was closed on March 21, 2020, families have been divided, tourists unable to explore both nations...

Pingree to DHS Secretary: Review ICE Facility Expansion in Scarborough

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In a letter sent today to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today expressed her ongoing concern with the relocation and expansion of an ICE facility from South Portland to Scarborough. Pingree first requested a delay in opening the facility in March 2020, citing the lack of transparency and engageme...

Following Push Led by Collins, King, and Pingree, DHS to Issue Additional H-2B Visas That Will Support Maine’s Tourism Industry

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Following a push spearheaded by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a joint rule today making available an additional 22,000 H-2B visas that will help small businesses fill seasonal job openings. Qualifying employers can begin applying on May 25. These ...

Pingree Applauds Passage of the NO BAN Act

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted in favor of the NO BAN Act, important legislation that would prevent any future president from implementing a xenophobic immigration ban such as former President Trump’s Muslim Ban. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives 218 to 208. “The Muslim Ban only served to stoke xenophobia and senselessly cut thousands of Americans off from thei...

Collins, King, Pingree Urge DHS to Issue Additional H-2B Visas to Support Maine’s Tourism Industry

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging him to increase the number of H-2B visas to help small businesses fill seasonal job openings for the upcoming season. The letter calls on Secretary Mayorkas to increase the existing 66,000 H-2B visa cap to 135,320, which is the am...

Pingree Joins 70+ House Members in Opposing Trump Administration Rule Restricting Asylum

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Last night, Congresswoman Pingree joined more than 70 Members of Congress in opposing the Trump administration's new proposed regulation that will dramatically rewrite our nation's asylum laws. The rule, published jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 15, 2020, would eliminate long-established procedural protections and change the standards fo...

Pingree Welcomes Additional H-2B Visas But Faults Trump Admin for Adding Measures that May Disadvantage Maine Businesses

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) welcomed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s announcement that 35,000 additional H-2B visas will be released but expressed frustration that the number is still is not enough to meet the needs of Maine’s seasonal businesses and that it contains new measures that could limit Maine employers’ access to needed workers. Pingree said as a member of the House...

King, Pingree Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging Administration to Increase the Number of Temporary, Non-Immigrant H-2B Workers for 2020

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U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today led a bicameral, bipartisan group of their colleagues, including Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Representative Jared Golden (D-Maine), in a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf urging the administration to immediately increase the statutory cap of H-2B visas for fisc...

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