“Immigration agents swoop into Portland courthouse, arrest Somali man,” read the headline in the Bangor Daily News yesterday afternoon. My heart skipped a beat. Images of my friends, neighbors and students flashed through my head as I tried to read the article without crying. Yes, I’d seen the news reports of ICE agents flexing unmitigated authority around the country, but Portland, our tiny Portland? What was the world coming to? Well, as my friend Marian wrote in a Facebook post sharing the news, “It’s official: Donald Trump’s slimy tentacles have come to Maine.”

Portland, Maine, February 1st, 2017

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