In the first three days, 96 asylum seekers arrived in Portland and city leader were told they could expect as many as 150 more in the following days.
The families who arrived, including dozens of children, say it took them anywhere from four to six months to flee their war-torn countries and arrive in the U.S. Many of them came from the African countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola as well as Cameroon.
City officials say they were given little to no warning about the number of asylum seekers making their move to Portland from the U.S. southern border.
“It was completely unexpected,” said Portland City Manager Jon Jennings.
The city would not only have to deal with the increased asylum population but the financial burden that would come with it.
“We’re trying to obviously lessen the impact on the city budget, but this is an emergency situation,” Jennings said.