How One State’s Colleges Are Helping African Asylum Seekers

Portland, Me., recently received hundreds of African asylum seekers who had found their way to the U.S. border. They were identified by an advocacy group and bused to the city, which is known for welcoming refugees. The University of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Community College, and Portland Adult Education are on the front lines of an effort to help these “New Mainers” navigate the education system. As a result of growing awareness of immigrant issues, the state has made admissions ACT/SAT optional, and it grants in-state tuition to new immigrants with residency.

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