PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is providing Maine’s largest city with nearly $900,000 to help pay for costs associated with the arrival of asylum seekers earlier this year.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins tweeted about the aid on Friday. The Portland Press Herald reports Portland will receive $864,000 in reimbursement for efforts to shelter more than 300 refugees who came to the city in June after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.
Great news for Portland! The city, @PrebleStreet, & the Jewish Community Alliance will receive a total of $892,586 in reimbursement for caring for the influx of asylum seekers this summer. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I worked for this funding. (1/2)
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) October 11, 2019
Preble Street, a social service agency, will also receive $20,400, while the Jewish Community Alliance will receive $8,100.
The money is part of more than $30 million in emergency federal dollars slated for American cities that are working to handle growing numbers of asylum-seeking immigrants. Many of the asylum seekers are fleeing political turmoil in Africa.