U.S. Passengers waiting in line to board a regional Northeast bus line in Maine were asked if they were U.S. citizens by a Customs and Border Patrol officer. Concord Coach Lines issued a statement distancing themselves from Customs and Border Protection officers, who the company said have increasingly showed up at bus stops “without any forewarning.” Local stations in Bangor, Maine, WCSH-TV and WLBZ-TV, first reported the video, recorded by passenger Alec Larson, last month. A Border Patrol officer casually strolls up and down the boarding line, asking if people are U.S. citizens—something that’s been happening more frequently across the country over the past year. Passengers waiting in line to board a regional Northeast bus line in Maine were asked by a Customs and Border Patrol officer whether or not they were U.S. citizens—a scene repeating itself across the country. Alec Larson| ACLU of New Hampshire “Are you folks U.S. … [Read more...] about Watch: Border Patrol Officer Asks Maine Bus Passengers ‘Are You Folks U.S. Citizens?’ While They Wait in Line
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Officials are warning of poor air quality in parts of Maine and New Hampshire. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory and an air quality alert with temperatures projected to climb to 90 degrees with high humidity on Monday in southern Maine. The air quality alert affects coastal Maine from Kittery to Acadia National Park, and is due to expire late Monday. The weather service recommends that people limit prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion by taking breaks, seeking shade and keeping hydrated. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, meanwhile, has issued an air quality action day in parts of Rockingham and Hillsborough counties. (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) … [Read more...] about Officials warn of poor air quality in Maine, New Hampshire
As a child in Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin’s friends called him “the American.” He taught himself English by watching American films in the war-ravaged city of Mogadishu, pressing his ear close to the television in a movie shack to hear the actors speaking. He dreamed of moving to America. “Little did I know that someday I would be working as a paid interpreter in Maine,” Iftin writes in his new memoir, “Call Me American“, which debuts Tuesday. In 2015, This American Life chronicled how Iftin won the opportunity for a green card through the Diversity Visa Program and the challenges he faced trying to get to the U.S. despite having “the golden ticket.” His story has also been told by the BBC and The Atlantic. Iftin says that he began to think about writing down his memories after he moved to Maine in August 2014. He said it was while he was looking up at the New England sky, witnessing the change of the seasons for the first … [Read more...] about A Somali refugee always dreamed of being American. Now, he lives in Maine and he’s written a memoir about his journey.
TOPSHAM — In 2014, 16-year-old Jessie Mujambere and his older brother arrived in Washington, D.C., unable to speak English — and the uncle they expected to greet them was nowhere to be found. The brothers fled to the U.S. from the war-torn African country of Burundi to find a better, safer life. And it’s clear from a few minutes chatting with Mujambere, who graduated from Mt. Ararat High School on June 10, that he’s found a good home in Topsham with his foster family. Still, his thoughts often go back to the land of his birth, and to the family with whom he’s had contact only once since coming here. The whereabouts and safety of his parents and siblings remain a question. Both brothers, meanwhile, are here legally, waiting for their asylum cases to be heard. It’s a process that can take years. Burundi, which is bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, became an independent nation in 1962. Ethnic tensions led to civil war in … [Read more...] about Brothers find ‘a safe place’ in Maine
SKOWHEGAN — A unanimous vote Wednesday by the Wells-Ogunquit school committee to remove Native American imagery associated with school sports teams now leaves only one high school in Maine using such images: Skowhegan Area High School. After years of debate in Skowhegan that’s resulted in no change in the nickname, some school officials contacted following the Wells-Ogunquit decision say the Skowhegan Indians may be around for some time to come. Most officials, however, refused even to comment on the issue. “I am unaware of any planned action to change the name of sports teams at this time,” School Administrative District 54 Superintendent Brent Colbry said this week. “I have received no comments or requests from board members regarding this issue.” High school Athletic Director Jon Christopher said in an email Thursday that he will not discuss the topic, regardless of the focus or premise. “Any comments on this will be left to our … [Read more...] about Skowhegan last Maine school to retain Native American mascot