Immigration is one of the most debated topics in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.
The largest portions were from Canada (25%) and Ireland (12%), two heavily Catholic countries. Prior to this there had been only one Catholic Church…