Maine needs asylum seekers to work sooner. Now Congress should act. 

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Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bipartisan invoice that directs the Maine Commissioner of Labor to ask the federal authorities for a waiver that might let asylum seekers work sooner whereas their asylum petitions are processed. The dearth of such a waiver course of in federal legislation basically makes this a messaging invoice.

But it surely stays an vital message.

As Nick Murray from the conservative Maine Coverage Institute described to state lawmakers in March, the present guidelines, which forestall asylum seekers from working for not less than six months after they file their asylum petition, are “nonsensical.” That’s the correct phrase.