Afghan Refugees Expected to Arrive ‘Any Day’ in New Hampshire and Massachusetts

Some of the Afghan evacuees who fled their homes in the chaos of the U.S. withdrawal and Taliban takeover are expected to arrive in New Hampshire this month. The International Institute of New England, one of the agencies coordinating their arrival, has put in a request to bring 25 Afghans to New Hampshire and 150 to Massachusetts. The…

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‘I Just Want To Live’: Threat Of Deportation Haunts Portland Man

Soeun Kim, and his wife, Theresa Kim, sat at a picnic table on Portland’s Western Promenade earlier this month, watching a home video on Theresa’s phone. In the clip, Soeun is lying in bed, holding his baby daughter, Leilani, while his 10-year-old stepson, Joshua, looks on. Then, everyone falls silent, and Joshua begins to sob…

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Maine’s Housing Crunch Squeezes Refugee And Asylum-Seeking Communities

It’s no secret that affordable housing can be hard to come by in Maine. Home prices are up nearly 30% compared to this time last year, according to the Maine Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, skyrocketing demand for rental units has overwhelmed an already limited housing stock. The severe lack of affordable housing poses a particular…

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In A ‘Fishbowl’: Vermont Border Towns Fight Feds’ Push For Surveillance Towers

Federal officials won’t say yet whether they’ll give Vermonters more time to weigh in on a controversial plan to install surveillance towers on the Vermont-Canada border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants to erect 199-foot “Remote Video Surveillance Systems” in five northern Vermont communities. Mike Niezgoda, a public affairs officer with the federal agency, says…

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