Sanford’s inflow of asylum seekers highlights lack of a statewide plan

SANFORD, Maine — Final week, one official punctuated an emergency assembly by saying this southern Maine metropolis was being “overrun” by greater than 100 African asylum seekers who arrived over the previous week. Friday was extra regular.

Fourteen kids and their households — primarily from Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo — met with Sanford Faculty Division officers in the highschool’s cafe to start out the method of enrolling children within the college system, following one other group of 23 asylum seekers who enrolled earlier this month within the district, which has six colleges and greater than 3,000 college students.

“Any new scholar to Sanford, no matter the place they’re from, we would like them to succeed,” Superintendent Matt Nelson stated.