Janet Mills gained’t observe Massachusetts in declaring asylum-influx emergency

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Janet Mills is just not contemplating an emergency declaration to deal with housing and different assist for a whole bunch of asylum seekers who’ve come to southern Maine in latest months, her workplace mentioned Wednesday.

It got here in response to questions a day after Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, a Democrat like Mills, declared an emergency whereas citing greater than 20,000 individuals dwelling in pressured shelters throughout the state. That was up 80 p.c over a 12 months in the past, and he or she referred to as it “exponentially greater than our state has ever served” in an help program.

The inflow is an instance of a world downside hitting Better Portland and larger cities throughout the nation. Apprehensions of migrants on the southern border rose sharply final month, and the numbers of individuals declaring asylum hit a document excessive final 12 months.