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'This Is The Safest Place That I Could Be': Honduran Woman And Daughter Find Hosts In Portland

A Honduran woman and her 10-year-old daughter who were detained at the border last month are now in Portland.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection says agents arrested a Guatemalan man Thursday who entered the U.S. border illegally near a Maine port of entry.

Spokesperson Dennis Harmon said U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Guatemalan man near a Jackman port of entry and sent him back to Canada. The man had been living in Canada with a valid Canadian work visa. The man told agents he was trying to get to New York City to find a better paying job.

Border Patrol says that a citizen notified agents of a person walking south on Route 201 away from the international border.

An immigration checkpoint set up on I-95 in Penobscot County Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a man with an outstanding deportation order, 10 drug-related seizures and a formal warning to an immigrant who was not carrying his green card.

It has also raised questions about U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) practice of making random checks so far inland.

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U.S. Senate candidate Zak Ringelstein was arrested outside of a U.S. Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas Friday, after blocking access to a detention facility.

According to Ringelstein, the facility was holding immigrant children separated from their parents.

Ringelstein's campaign promoted his visit to Texas on social media, which said he would travel there to deliver blankets, food and toys to children detained at the border and to request access to a holding facility in the city of McAllen.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The University of Southern Maine has received a collection of nearly half a million maps — an estimated $100 million gift that is believed to be the largest in the history of the University of Maine System.

The collection of more than 450,000 rare maps comes from Dr. Harold Osher, a cardiologist from Portland. The Osher family has previously donated many maps to the university and helped establish the Osher Map Library in 1994.

Family spokesperson Glenn Parkinson said the Oshers hope the collection is used to enhance educational opportunities for local students.

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In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant to access an individual's cellphone location information. The 5-4 decision imposes new limits on law enforcement's ability to get at the increasing amount of data that private companies amass in the modern technological age.

BANGOR, Maine - An immigration checkpoint set up on Interstate 95 in Maine resulted in the arrest of a Haitian immigrant with an outstanding deportation order.
 
The Bangor Daily News reports that the checkpoint was in place for 11 hours Wednesday on the southbound lanes of I-95 between the towns of Howland and Lincoln in Penobscot County.
 
Agents also made 10 drug seizures and issued a formal warning to an immigrant who was not carrying his green card. A Homeland Security spokesman says the checkpoint was designed to be minimally intrusive.
 

Contact With Toxic Browntail Moth Cocoons Can Cause Blistery Rash, State Warns

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Courtesy Maine Forest Service / via Bangor Daily News

Maine officials are warning residents to be very careful before removing the cocoons of the browntail moth, a toxic, invasive species that is spreading throughout the state.

“Do this with extreme caution,” a media release issued Thursday from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, said of cocoon removal. “Cocoons are full of the hairs that can cause a rash or worse.”

As the other kids cry inconsolably on an audio recording of migrant children, 6-year-old Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid can be heard pleading for someone to call her aunt — reciting the number in Spanish.

Jimena is from El Salvador, and had just crossed into the U.S. before she was detained and separated from her mother.

Do you see a blue dress or a gold dress? Well, this time it's a green Zara jacket. And the color doesn't matter — it's what's written on the back in big white graffiti lettering: "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?"

Border Patrol Agents Question Drivers At I-95 Checkpoint About Citizenship

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John Gibbins / TNS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents set up a checkpoint Wednesday on Interstate 95, stopping drivers and asking them questions about their citizenship before letting them proceed.

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