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.
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.
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.