The Portland City Council passed a resolution Monday night that denounces recent immigration sweeps, criticizes the federal Patriot Act for infringing on civil liberties and calls on Congress to amend the law that was passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
With the resolution, Maine’s biggest city joined three states – Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont – and more than 260 communities across the nation that have passed similar resolutions.
Opposition to the Patriot Act is being voiced elsewhere in Maine. Waterville adopted its resolution in November, and citizens’ groups are now pushing similar measures in at least 10 other communities, including Bangor, Ogunquit and Oxford.
Yay, Portland …. go Maine.