Ali praised for the gifts he and other immigrants bring to Portland

Rep. Lawrence Lockman’s Sept. 4 BDN OpEd about Maine’s “dangerous experiment with open borders” is a towering example of ignorance. His entire argument is predicated on the assumption that immigrants are a threat and a drain on Maine’s resources. The truth is quite the opposite.

Pious Ali began working with youth in Portland after immigrating from Ghana — an effort he says has taught him the virtue of patience. Ali now serves on Portland’s school board, and he is vying for a seat on the Portland City Council.

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