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.
Asylum Seekers Leave Expo As Deadline To Vacate Hits
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.
Some immigration advocates in Portland say that while they support the state’s proposed rule change to expand eligibility for General Assistance, the current wording of the measure could keep some immigrants from receiving help.
The city of Portland has received more than $900,000 in recent donations to help assist newly arrived asylum seekers. Finance officials are recommending the city prioritize housing, basic needs and reimbursing local groups as it begins to appropriate the funds.
Leaders from Portland's immigrant communities say they are working to clear up any confusion over the city housing policy for the hundreds of asylum seekers facing an August 15 deadline to move out of the Portland Expo building.
As Asylum Seekers Relocate Outside Portland, Communities Look To Add Cultural Supports
It has been more than a month since the city of Portland opened its Expo building as an emergency shelter to house the hundreds of migrants, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, who’ve arrived from the southern U.S. border with Mexico.
Maine Making It Easier For Asylum Seekers To Qualify For Aid
Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday that the state is relaxing eligibility rules for General Assistance and will allow qualified asylum seekers to apply. The decision comes as more than 350 migrants have arrived in Portland since early June from the southern U.S. border. Local officials say the new rule provides needed funding as many of the newly arrived families relocate to other towns around the state.
The Trump administration has implemented its strongest effort yet to curb asylum claims, but an internal memo shows that U.S. asylum officers weren't briefed until just hours before the sweeping immigration rule went into effect Tuesday.