Asylum seekers

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A new rule that will further curtail the ability of asylum seekers in the United States to work becomes official Friday.

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Roughly 180 asylum seekers have arrived at the Portland bus depot in recent weeks, forcing quick action by city staff and non-profit groups to find temporary and permanent housing, food, access to social services and education.

Since mid-November, 179 asylum seekers have arrived in Portland from the southern border.  City spokesperson Jessica Grondin says that's a higher number than had been expected, and it has city overflow shelters at near capacity.

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The city of Portland is preparing to accept applications to reimburse nonprofits for contributions they made to the care of hundreds of asylum seekers who arrived in Portland this summer.

Patty Wight / Maine Public File

Asylum seekers arrived Friday morning in Portland from the southern U.S. border.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

More than 30 new immigrants are set to arrive in Portland Friday morning. City Manager Jon Jennings said the group of asylum seekers is made up of individuals and families.

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The Trump Administration is proposing new rules that would make some asylum seekers wait one year before they would be eligible for work and that would deny eligibility to others.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

Maine's Congressional delegation announced Friday that the city of Portland, Preble Street Resource Center and the Jewish Community Alliance will receive nearly $900,000 in federal funding for the aid that they provided to hundreds of asylum seekers who arrived in Maine this summer. The bulk of the funding is being awarded to Portland's family shelter.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

It has been six weeks since hundreds of asylum seekers — mostly from African countries — had to vacate the Portland Expo, and the housing search for these nearly 450 people continues.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

The Portland City Council in Maine will allocate over $900,000 in private donations to the more than 400 asylum seekers that arrived this summer.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Sixty-six immigrants became American citizens Wednesday in Portland, amid a summer that saw an influx of asylum seekers to the area.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine - A Trump administrative directive to shift federal resources from Boston and Newark, New Jersey, could increase delays for asylum seekers in the Northeast.

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey has joined four other state attorneys general in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's new "public charge" rule that makes it harder for immigrants to get green cards and become citizens.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Officials in Portland say they will meet the Thursday deadline to vacate the Expo Center, which has served as a makeshift emergency shelter for the nearly 450 asylum seekers who have arrived in the city since the beginning of June.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

With a deadline approaching to move recently arrived asylum seekers out of the Portland Expo, support organizations are seeking more host families to provide temporary housing.

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