For approximately 1,000 asylum seekers currently living in motels, emergency supplemental housing assistance provided by the Maine Housing Authority is due to expire June 30.
Georges Budagu Makoko
Georges Budagu Makoko is the founder of the nonprofit organization Ladder to the Moon Network and the publisher of Amjambo Africa, a multilingual news organization based in Portland. He was born in Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to Rwanda in 1994, where he graduated from National University of Rwanda in Business Administration. In 2002, he moved to the United States, where he received asylum. He is the author of "Ladder to the Moon: Journey from the Congo to America," about his life story. Budagu speaks six languages, including English, French, and Swahili. He was a senior property manager with Avesta Housing in Maine for 15 years. In 2019, he and a group of friends started Serenity Residential Care, a social and human services organization.
Until there is a solution, the U.S. should allow legitimate asylum-seekers to enter the country and make their case. Doing otherwise is against all humanitarian principles.
The food that we eat, the environment that we live in, and the air that we breathe can become invisible enemies.
For immigrants, especially those who are new here, the U.S. democratic system is complicated and mysterious.
Maine school systems have abundant resources to offer, though many immigrant families are unaware of the resources available to help students succeed.
Joyous college graduations of Maine's immigrant students remind us of the slow reunification process that many families endure.