Asylum seekers

Patty Wight / Maine Public File

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.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is responding to reports of varicella, or the chickenpox virus, at the Portland Expo Center, where hundreds of asylum seekers are being housed.

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.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

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.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

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.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Officials in the city of Portland are racing the clock to find housing for more than 200 migrant families who unexpectedly arrived after a long, dangerous journey through the U.S.-Mexico border last month. But as the Aug. 15 deadline approaches to close the makeshift shelter currently housing the families, city officials say some migrants are turning down housing in neighboring communities.

Portland officials say they’re struggling to house many of the newly arrived families seeking asylum because some families have refused housing options outside of Portland.

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