Immigrants in Maine

Patty Wight / Maine Public File

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

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.

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Tuesday's elections were relatively low-key, in an off-year with only a few ballot questions and no statewide candidates. But some local elections proved to be historic, as several immigrants were voted into office.

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.

Civil liberties advocates say they are concerned about the arrest of a man in Bangor by federal border agents last month.

Abdigani Hussein

A federal immigration judge has ruled that a 46-year-old Portland man won't be deported to Somalia — at least for now — under the United Nations convention against torture, because of issues related to the political situation there.

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.

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

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.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

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.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

The city of Portland has made arrangements to move several asylum seekers from emergency shelters in the city to private housing in Brunswick.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

An Independence Day picnic Thursday in Cape Elizabeth’s Fort Williams Park, home of the iconic Portland Head Light, welcomed dozens of newly-arrived asylum seekers staying at the Portland Expo Center.

Wayfair Protest In Brunswick Sees Small Turnout

Jun 26, 2019
Julie Pike / Maine Public

Hundreds of Wayfair employees filled Copley Square in Boston Wednesday afternoon to protest the online retailer’s sale of bedroom furniture for use in migrant detention centers along the U.S. southern border. In Brunswick, four employees at the company contact center joined the walkout, along with about 20 community activists.