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Paper: Despite report, migrants from Congo, Angola sent to Portland, Maine

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling has pushed to continue having Portland, Maine receive undocumented immigrants from the southern border. According to a report from the Portland Press Herald, he is getting his wish.

PORTLAND – The Portland Press Herald is reporting that despite reports from a CBS affiliate in San Antonio saying the city refused to accept more refugees from the southern border, dozens of individuals hailing from Congo and Angola have arrived in Portland, Maine.

The paper also reports that staff working for the city of Portland pushed back on the report that they attempted to refuse to accept the latest wave of people San Antonio wanted to send their way.

Mayor Ethan Strimling famously said he would say “Welcome Home!” to new refugees, despite the well-known struggle the city is having maintaining their social welfare safety net.

The situation with Portland’s services and staff have grown so severe that at a city budget meeting, a human resource director for the city upbraided Strimling for pushing for more people to be sent to the city.

The conflicting reports raise questions about whether the Mayor’s wishes are overriding the ability of the city to sustain their program.

Some are wondering if southern border officials are relying on Mayor Strimling’s enthusiasm for more refugees to justify sending more waves of people, even if the city’s professional staff can’t care for them.

You can read the full, in-depth report from the Portland Press Herald by clicking here.

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