The 1990 federal census reported some 500 Hispanics living in Portland, while La
The 1990 federal census reported some 500 Hispanics living in Portland, while Latino advocates insist the number is as high as between 2,800 and 3,000. Jose Colon, a native of Puerto Rico and a freelance interpreter, says Latinos in Portland are too frightened of being deported to ask for help in dealing with local police or federal Immigration and Naturalization Service procedures. Some Latino immigrants disagree, and say Portland is one of the best places they have ever lived. The group Hispanic Outreach assists Spanish-speaking immigrants with filling out government forms, finding employment and seeking legal advice. Rachel Talbot Ross, Portland's affirmative action director, said the city plans to open an office where speakers of foreign languages could go for help in dealing with the city's bureaucracy. Details.
Conaway, Laura, "The 1990 federal census reported some 500 Hispanics living in Portland, while La" (1997). Maine News Index – Casco Bay Weekly. 1750.