Skip to comments.Three Maine cities rebuff state over no aid to undocumented immigrants
Posted on 06/18/2014 4:51:27 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
Portland and South Portland plan to defy the LePage administration and continue offering General Assistance to undocumented immigrants, the group at the center of Maines latest fight over welfare reform.
The Department of Health and Human Services formally notified cities and towns Monday evening that the state will no longer reimburse them for General Assistance to undocumented immigrants and will begin auditing municipalities in October. The memo went out five days after the DHHS announced the policy change in a media release.In a sign of the discord ahead, officials from Portland, South Portland and Bangor said Tuesday that they will continue to offer emergency assistance to undocumented immigrants.
And the Maine Municipal Association, while not explicitly advising communities to defy the DHHS, called it unfortunate that the LePage administration did not follow the normal procedure for making such a major policy change.
Portland officials said they plan to maintain the status quo until they get more guidance from city councilors next month. In May, the city provided about $250,000 in General Assistance to 327 households a total of 613 people who could be affected by the new policy.
The people who receive these benefits depend on them for housing and for food, said City Manager Mark Rees. And to take away those benefits without some discussion about the legality (of the change) or some transitional assistance seems unfair to this group.
Kathleen Babeu, South Portlands General Assistance program manager, said the city will continue providing aid to people in need regardless of their immigration status. Babeu said she had identified about a dozen people or households who would be affected by the policy change.
General Assistance is temporary, emergency aid intended to help individuals and families who show financial
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And in response, the state should stop ALL funding for General Assistance to Portland until the October audit.
Absolutely they provide “diverse skills”. After all, very few Maine-iacs know anything about Somali-style warlordism.
These mentally disturbed illegals engage in tortuous arguments to justify their existence——adds up to a gargantuan sense of entitlement-—that Americans should consider themselves “privileged” to subsidize their every whim.
What? I thought illegals did the jobs Americans don’t want to do. Cashing a welfare check and sitting on your butt is a job millions of Americans want to do.
Send the squatters home.
:: The people who receive these benefits depend on them for housing and for food ::
Shelter and sustenance for transgressors of Federal Law. That must be in the “penumbra” of Amendment VIII?
That means we are punishing the immigrants with Constitutional protections!
They bring “youth and energy” what does this even mean??? Do not lawful and legal citizens’ kids bring youthfulness to the table or are they a different kind of “youth?” What about THEIR energy? You mean they just sit that like vegetables while the Hispanic kids run around in circles? And yeah gotta love those diverse skills. They sure give those hotel rooms a mean clean, and wash those dishes sparkling, serve them burgers with agility, and tend those lawns to the utmost perfection. Gawd I don’t mean to sound a bigot but these kinds of comments do make those defensive emotions rear up.
They are not "undocumented immigrants." They are ILLEGAL ALIENS! Calling them undocumented immigrants is like calling shoplifting an "undocumented purchase."
How about some really big trucks to take them back across the border.
Well they DO act like they think they’re very special don’t they?
This is going to get interesting, everyone please keep in mind the Portland Press Herald is owned by extreme left wing Congressperson Chellie Pingree and her communist leaning husband.
They are not ILLEGAL ALIENS, they are FOREIGN INVADERS.
Actually, a look inside Portland Public Housing books, indicate that more are leaving than coming in.
I sure hope so..but probably just heading our way for greener pastures.
...This is a microcosm example of how the SHTF scenario is going to unfold across the nation. What happens when the cities’ funds dry up to house, feed, and cloth illegals and their EBT balance is Zero? Be armed. Be prepared. Hell is coming to breakfast.
Liberals are suck flippin idiots.
The bigger question is why are Canadians crossing into Maine?
God Bless Governor Le Page.