Maine Voters Make History Electing Immigrants To Local Offices Around The State
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.
"Back To My Life:" A Portland Man Won't Be Deported To Somalia - At Least, For Now
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.