Border Patrol says 250 African asylum seekers came to Maine on their own
'They chose Portland': U.S. Border Patrol says asylum seekers came to Maine on their own
Updated: 10:39 PM EDT Jun 14, 2019
PORTLAND, Maine â€”U.S. Border Patrol, in a meeting with state and city leaders Friday, said asylum seekers came to Portland on their own after they were processed.
"We've had a group of approximately 250 in Africa enter between the ports of entry they were encountered by the border patrol. They were processed after making an asylum claim and they chose to come up to Portland, Maine," said Patrol Chief Jason Owens.
Officials said many chose Portland because they have friends or family already there or because they heard Portland was a welcoming place. https://www.wmtw.com/article/they-ch...r-own/27948338