Title

The 1990 federal census reported some 500 Hispanics living in Portland, while La

Authors

Laura Conaway

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

6-5-1997

Pages

1, 10-13

Abstract

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.

Subjects

Hispanic Americans

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