Immigrants in Maine

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.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

Portland officials say more than 220 asylum seekers have arrived in the city so far. 

Eliana Miller / Maine Public

Maine Gov. Janet Mills says the state is looking at all of its resources to assist the city of Portland following the arrival of hundreds of asylum seekers from the southern border over the past few days.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

About 140 asylum seekers slept on cots in the Portland Expo building Wednesday night — the first night that the building was opened to the hundreds of new arrivals from the southern U.S. border over the past few days. More are expected soon.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

The city of Portland is moving hundreds of asylum seekers into an emergency shelter at the Portland Expo.


After a change in policy at the U.S. Border Portland has received, as of Tuesday morning, a total of 67 asylum seekers in the last two days, with as many as 150 to come in the next few days.

State lawmakers are considering two measures that would change – in very different ways – how Maine law enforcement works with federal immigration agencies. Both bills are facing opposition from police and sheriff’s organizations.