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.