Immigration Debate Roils Politics in . . . Maine?

Alanna Durkin, Yahoo! News, July 29, 2014

In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s races.

With its close-knit communities and a practice of labeling non-natives as “from away,” Mainers have a reputation for being insular. But they have also embraced the need for immigrants as the state’s population ages and declines.

So Republican Gov. Paul LePage roiled the cultural waters when he criticized the federal government’s placement of eight immigrant children in Maine without advising him.

He said Monday that the federal government was ducking its responsibility by leaving the border unprotected and pushing the burden onto states. He said he worries about the financial impact if more children are placed in the state.

“If we have eight kids in the state right now and if there are any state dollars going there, there are eight Mainers not getting services,” he said during a visit to a homeless shelter in Lewiston. “There’s not an endless pot of money up there.”


The issue has risen to the forefront of races for governor in border states, like Arizona. It dominated a Republican gubernatorial debate there last week, in which the candidates outlined ideas including deployment of National Guard troops and more employer sanctions.


Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s offer to temporarily house children at two bases has drawn both praise and attacks from the candidates seeking to fill the Democrat’s seat.

In Connecticut, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s rejection of a federal request to house as many as 2,000 minors at a mostly vacant state property has left him vulnerable to criticism from Republican contenders, who have said the decision was made too quickly and was out of character.

In Maine, LePage’s re-election campaign has attacked his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, for not taking a clear stand on whether he would agree to shelter children in Maine and sought to link Michaud’s views with Patrick’s when the two campaigned together in Maine last week.

LePage’s campaign is touting his policies on immigration, including a recent directive that cities and towns not provide welfare benefits to those who can’t prove they are living in the country legally.

Michaud’s campaign said last week that LePage is using the issue merely to rally his political base this November. Michaud said that the decision to house children in Maine would depend on a number of factors, including the cost and what sites are available.


Maine, whose population of 1.3 million is about 94 percent white, is home to an estimated 55,000 immigrants and relies heavily on migrant workers for its blueberry harvest every August.


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  • It’s not just a recent issue for Maine. Lewiston, Maine has been full of Somalians for quite a few years.

    Incidentally, it mentions Dan Malloy in Connecticut. He’s trailing in the polls to both of his major potential Republican opponents.

    • Erasmus

      You know our immigration policies are screwed up when they give preference in immigration to Somali goatherds, who’ll cost the American taxpayer, over Swedish engineers who would make a positive contribution to American society.

      I cannot look at the way America has been governed for the last 30 years without concluding that our “leaders” have been working to deliberately destroy the United States.

  • Ethan Allen

    The state went solidly for Obama in 08 AND 12. I say load ’em up with as many Somalis, “refugee children”, illegals, LGBTs etc. etc. as you can pack in there with a stick. Why should the state be allowed to avoid the natural and forseeable consequences of its choice for president?

    • As if the last two Republican Presidents, who had the same surname, were any better on that matter, and even Reagan is very debatable. Under that standard, every state should be flooded.

      • Tarczan

        Yeah, I remember calling ICE about some Mexicans who were working here in a local nursery during Bush 2’s regime. The ICE told me they weren’t interested and were not enforcing the law.

        • Erasmus

          Our own “leaders” are damaging the US to a degree the most hardcore Marxist would have never dared imagine even in his wildest fantasies.

      • MBlanc46

        There’s no debate about Reagan. He was a supporter of mass immigration
        pure and simple. Pretty much what I’d have expected from a California

    • propagandaoftruth

      But they have also embraced the need for immigrants as the state’s population ages and declines.
      But they won’t support social programs/tax breaks to encourage native born Whites to have a few more kids?

      Lets see…welfare forever for browns, or investment in our own stock? Official federal government policy, supported by the Chamber of Commerce is, of course, White Genocide.

      See…the “socialism” can never benefit Whites.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        It’s amazing how much sense US government policy makes when seen through the prism of white genocide.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Ever read Foucault’s Pendulum by Eco? Where the bored publishers try to come up with the Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory on a lark? And end up finding it?

          Sure, classic paranoia fodder, but…

          I swear, White Genocide couldn’t look more like a deliberate policy/conspiracy if it tried to….

        • bilderbuster

          Your post is so accurate, short and sweet and straight to the point that you’re receiving this weeks coveted “bilderbuster’s favorite post of the week” award!

      • Jo

        “But they have also embraced the need for immigrants”

        From what I read, they need more people, not necessarily immigrants. If working age Whites moved there, they wouldn’t need immigrants.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Sure. Sounds like a good White Refuge state. Brrrr….but hey, I’m White.

          • Jo

            That’s what I’m thinking.

          • propagandaoftruth

            West Virginny, mountain zones in other States not bad either. It’s coming down to it.

            We need to form some kind of alternative…everything and prepare for the hot phase of the Social Wars, I’m ever more afraid…

    • Jo

      Do we want to ruin the few remaining mostly White states? Maine elected a Republican governor and most in the state claim they are conservative. That doesn’t explain Obama winning in 2008 and 2012, but there might be hope for Maine.

      The Somali population in Lewiston is a huge problem, though. The governor is attempting to reduce benefits (to drive them away?), and many Mainers are downright hostile about them ruining Maine. That’s a good sign.

      • Ethan Allen

        So you see, my strategy works. Give them a big taste of the medicine that they’re prescribing for the rest of us.

      • phorning

        I have read other articles about LePage and he is solid on these issues. He also tried to prevent the State Dept. from dumping more refugees in Maine. We need to support people like this, not say these states deserve it because of past elections. If candidates like this are successful, it may inspire more people who are not Chamber of Commerce shills to get involved.

    • MBlanc46

      That is a dreadful thing to wish on a state that’s 94% white. I can understand your dissatisfaction with them for their electoral preferences, but I’d like to keep mostly white sections of the country mostly white. Even more white.

    • please not, I know what you mean but don’t ruin a nice overwhelming White state.

    • WR_the_realist

      I blame George W. Bush for Obama. He ruined the Republican brand for at least 8 years. And remember that like Obama George W. Bush managed to get reelected. The voting public is less intelligent than your dog — it has to have it’s nose rubbed in its own mess for at least 6 years before it learns anything.

  • MekongDelta69

    Don’t you just love the sneering way leftist Yahoo proclaims, “In the whitest U.S. state…”?

    • Jo

      “Montana is “the whitest state” (both in % and in #).”

      Are you sure? According to the Census Bureau,

      Montana: Population: 1,015,165
      Non-Hispanic White: 89.5%

      Maine: Population: 1,328,302
      Non-Hispanic White: 95%

      New Hampshire: Population: 1,323,459
      Non-Hispanic White: 94.2%

      Vermont: Population: 626,630
      Non-Hispanic White: 93.8%

    • Pro_Whitey

      And many of the “migrant workers” who come in are Quebec residents who temporarily come across the border to get some work, and then go back to Quebec. By not making that distinction, they seek to confuse and mislead the reader. But that’s what I expect from the MSM.

  • D.B. Cooper

    8???? EIGHT??? Ocho? They’re worried about eight aliens? I totally support sending Maine 8,888,888 illegal aliens and assorted asylum seekers and boat people.I want you Obama supporting white people up there to show us how to handle those, ahem, “challenges”.

  • This story is smoke and mirrors to divert attention from the real action.
    Obama wants most of the “children” in Texas in order to permanently change the state to Democrat. Sending a carload to Maine is mere tokenism. I note that Maine’s governor didn’t demand that the illegals be sent elsewhere. He made a rather milquetoast statement that the libtard media is using to blow up into an imaginary controversy to take the public eye off the real story.

  • The Final Solution

    The invaders will never stop coming and they will insert themselves into every crack and corner of America. It is increasing at an exponential rate – the more that get in, the more that come. It is no longer a flood but an ocean of brown sewage overflowing into this country. Research shows that the larger a diaspora, the more “immigrants” will come to join the rest. So whatever the numbers of invaders are now projected to be, multiply that by at least 3 or 4 times. This is all going to erupt much sooner than most people think.

  • WR_the_realist

    LePage is right. He’s knows that it’s not going to end with eight kids. It will soon be 8,000 or more. Maine has already had its welfare system overrun by Somali “refugees”.

  • Ringo Lennon

    I always use QuickFacts. At the top is says “Whites alone”. But you have to scroll farther down to “Whites alone, not Hispanic or Latino”. Maine is 95.2% “whites alone”, 94.0# “whites alone, not Hispanic or Latino.” Not a big deal, but it is in Hispanic states.

    • Jo

      You are correct.

      I think the ‘White Alone’ category includes those who ‘call’ themselves White. I prefer the ‘White alone, Non-Hispanic White or Latino’; although, it might exclude Spaniards.

      White alone, Non-Hispanic or Latino – 87%

      White alone, Non-Hispanic or Latino: 94%

      New Hampshire:
      White alone, Non-Hispanic or Latino: 94%

      White alone, Non-Hispanic or Latino – 91.6%

      • Ringo Lennon

        Another cool site is and pick a city metro area.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Obama even said smugly in one of his speeches a couple years ago that he would see Texas become a blue state soon.
    By making it and all others he can BROWN states.

  • Billy Clinter

    Maine was 98% white just 10 years ago.

    The federal government is working hard to make sure there are no white enclaves left.

  • Paleoconn

    Election-year posturing and sloganeering. Amid the major tragedies wrought by this invasion of illegals, an ancillary one is that the Conservatism Inc. RINOs will benefit from pretending to be a camp of resistance to the surge.