ORONO- A big turnout at the Orono Town Council Monday night to discuss a topic that has raised concerns nationally.
As a town that is home to Maine’s largest university and the Islamic Center of Maine, some citizens have shown concern over the wording in the town’s immigration policies.
They argue that some immigrants may feel uncomfortable living in the town, and Monday night’s meeting looked at reworking the language of the policies to put people at ease.
“I do support making sure that all of our residents here feel comfortable and safe in their own home. This is their home,” said Town Councilor Sam Kunz.
“I am concerned about the implications long term. I don’t know what will happen on the federal level, but I’m concerned that our grants would come under scrutiny for this,” said Cynthia Mehnert of the Orono Town Council.
At the meeting, town leaders cleared up confusion, emphasizing that this would **not** make Orono a sanctuary city.
The policies that are currently in place would also not change.
It would simply just change the wording to make people more comfortable.
After lengthy discussion, a motion was passed **not** to move the resolution to the council, and instead just work to inform the public of the policy as it is currently written.