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Portland, ME city leaders clash as migrant stream flows from Texas

Maine’s largest city is known for accepting illegal immigrants with open arms, providing resources and accommodations as they wait years for asylum claims to process through a system that prohibits them from working.

And while Mayor Ethan Strimling continues to welcome waves of border crossers into Portland, other city officials are raising the alarm about overwhelmed local shelters and questioning whether accepting more will do more harm than good, the Portland Press Herald reports.

It’s been a year since city officials warned the mayor that its family shelter was approaching its maximum capacity of 146 people, fueled by an influx of immigrants from Angola and the Congo who passed through the southern border to seek asylum.

Despite the warning, charities in Texas have continued to send dozens more immigrants as shelters there have struggled to keep pace with thousands coming across the southern border every day. […]

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