Multiple news outlets are reporting that Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling has said
Portland, Maine is a sanctuary city and that he wants President Trump to send illegal
Strimling’s statement is in response to tweets from the President saying he is considering sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities only if Democrats refuse to change immigration laws to allow deportation.
Portland City Manager John Jennings has proposed capping the number of beds in Portland’s shelter according to Maine Public, and he has proposed scaling back a program that provides assistance to asylum seekers. The local fund for that program has exceeded the budgeted amount by 18% already.
On Twitter, Strimling borrowed the slogan Gov. Janet Mills placed on a highway sign as people enter Maine, saying, “If Trump wants to send more immigrants our way, I say, “Welcome Home!”