- UPDATE: Link here to a petition urging Maine Governor Paul LePage to grant a pardon to Mr. St Martin.
Many of those in attendance say they are outraged at the thought of breaking up a family.
“It helps nobody, and it victimizes the family and the kids, and it’s just horrific,” said Andi Parkinson of Monmouth.
Saint Martin immigrated from Haiti to Maine as a child with his family. He had one previous brush with the law over a decade ago, but has completely turned his life around and is now a home and business owner. He is now married and he and his wife have 2 toddler sons and their third child, a daughter, on the way. He was taken into custody on January 2 and is currently in New Hampshire, awaiting his fate.
From the Facebook event:
Lexius Saint Martin, a Haitian refugee living in Waterville with his family, is facing imminent deportation. Losing him would devastate his wife and children, who are US citizens and native Mainers.
Join us to rally in support of the Saint Martin family, to urge Maine’s congressional delegation to take action, and to call for fair immigration reform.
- This event is supported by:
ACLU of Maine
Aspire For Humanity Initiatives
Capital Area New Mainers Project
Colby Feminist Alliance
Colby Students Organized for Black and Latinx Unity
Families First Community Center
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
Gateway Community Services of Maine
Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
In Her Presence
Maine Equal Justice Partners
Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services
Maine March for Racial Justice Organizers
Maine People’s Alliance
Maine Women’s Lobby
Moral Movement Maine
New England Arab American Organization
New Mainers Tenants’ Association
Oak Institute for Human Rights
Somali Community Center of Maine
Suit Up Maine
Welcoming Immigrants Network
… as well as Kennebec Valley Organization and many area clergy, who joined in urging Maine’s Congressional delegation to support this young Maine family and work to reunite them soon.