Maine Governor Puts Squeeze on Welfare, Immigrants

Alanna Durkin, MSN, June 27, 2014

Gov. Paul LePage wants to limit state welfare benefits only to those residents living in Maine legally, a move that could force municipalities to drop some recipients or risk losing government funds.

But opponents say the Republican would be pitting have-nots against other have-nots in the state and feeding into a fear of immigrants. Meanwhile, some politicians complain that LePage can’t change welfare laws without legislative approval and that he’s grandstanding during an election year.

{snip}

LePage, who was homeless as a boy, says his new directive will preserve assistance for the neediest and bring the state into compliance with federal law.

“By following federal law and eliminating welfare abuse, we can provide a safety net for our most vulnerable,” he said in his weekly radio address on Tuesday. “We will be able to use our resources more effectively and efficiently to better provide Mainers a path to economic independence.”

The state says the move would save $1 million a year in welfare funds.

Local officials and municipal groups say they’re in a precarious position. If they deny the benefits, they risk lawsuits from immigrants. And if they provide the benefits, they could lose millions of dollars in state funds for the general assistance program and have to turn others away.

Attorney General Janet Mills, a Democrat, says the governor has no authority to implement the change in welfare regulations without legislative approval. She has advised cities to continue providing assistance.

Douglas Mpay, an immigrant from Angola who is seeking asylum in the U.S., said losing his municipal welfare benefits would force his wife and two children out of their apartment with few options for other places to turn.

“(The governor is) thinking about his political position, but he doesn’t think about how that will affect people,” he said Thursday from his Portland apartment.

But LePage, who has had family members who’ve relied on welfare and who has made overhauling the programs a priority since taking office, said in his radio address that “illegal aliens who choose to live in Maine are not our most vulnerable citizens.”

He says cities and towns are free to use their own money to support immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Mpay, who is one of an estimated 1,000 immigrants who could lose his benefits, said he came to the U.S. seeking a better life after he moved from his home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Angola, where he said he was beaten and oppressed.

The 36-year-old said he wishes he didn’t have to rely on general assistance, but he has no way to provide an income for his family. His application for asylum is still pending and he has yet to receive a work permit, he said.

{snip}

City officials in Portland say they will continue to provide the benefits for now and are considering taking legal action themselves against the state.

{snip}

Topics: , , , ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • LePage has been pretty good on the immigration issue, so this criticism isn’t made with him in mind.

    But I’m thinking about people like Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland. Are we supposed to take him seriously because now he doesn’t want his state to suffer the consequences of policies that he demands? Graffiti in Maryland demanding no resettlement of “illeagles” and the undocumented is called a hate crime by some, so why isn’t the same demands by that state’s Governor also a hate crime?

    But we’re seeing a lot of that, people who want amnesty, want open borders, want immigration law made a dead letter, and are supportive of or don’t protest Obama’s administrative amnesty, all of sudden upset when it’s proposed to plant these masses of diseased gang banging adolescents from Central America into their states, so they try to cover up their responsibility and blame the other party. And yes, both parties are doing it.

    It’s gotten so bad that Deval Patrick and Patrick Leahy are busting through Godwin’s Law. Yeah, there might be no business like Shoah business, but it’s also true that people who are winning the argument and/or the politics don’t play the Hitler-Nazi-Holocaust cards from the bottom of the deck.

    • willbest

      Every person believing in amnesty should be offering to house one of these “youths” in their house

      • Zimriel

        Many would. These would be pedophiles, and 45 year old cat ladies (who might also be pedophiles).

        • willbest

          That seems like a win-win to me.

          • LIBERTYSINCURSION

            “That seems like a win-win to me” – Doesn’t it though?

    • toldev

      I think people like O’Malley just have a problem with cause and effect. He and his ilk support things like illegal immigration in the abstract but then don’t want to deal with the reality of MS13 in the neighbourhood.

  • dd121

    This might even be fun to watch the blacks fight with illegals over limited welfare dollars, if it weren’t so tragic for the rest of us.

    • Whitetrashgang

      See now there is a idea blacks vs browns for their welfare cheque gladiator games, the TV revenue will help pay for the welfare.

      • propagandaoftruth

        When I become the fully realized late blooming antichrist (gimme money)…

        I promise you entertainment.

    • propagandaoftruth

      But opponents say the Republican would be pitting have-nots against other have-nots in the state and feeding into a fear of immigrants. Meanwhile, some politicians complain that LePage can’t change welfare laws without legislative approval and that he’s grandstanding during an election year.

      ———————————

      1. If Obongo can govern by administrative fiat, why not this guy?

      2. Triangulating? Brilliant. This LePage guy has promise. Maine Republican prezzy potential?

  • JackKrak

    Sorry, Gov, I agree with what you want to do but the good people of your state have sent nothing but Democrats to the House of Representatives since 1997.

    In my book, that means I’m happy send every single open-mouth breathing Mexican and his 75 IQ points straight to your neighborhood and let the kind, generous and impeccably liberal residents of your fine state worry about them.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      These tyrants in Washington wouldn’t be so pro-diversity and pro-third world immigration if they had to put up with living in neighborhoods filled with welfare-leeching mestizos and loud mariachi music. In fact, they would stop mass third world immigration completely if they had to face the prospect of having to live in their own slice of Mexico on American soil.

  • When black as midnight Mpay and his wife (only one?) and children are kicked out of their apartment I will personally drive them south to Joe Biden’s house and dump them on his doorstep. His mansion on acreage has enough room to house 50 or 60 Mexican families plus room on the grounds for a tent city for Africans.

    Mr. Mpay, Joe Biden loves you dreamers. Just hitch a ride to his house and you’re set. It would help if you were a homosexual though. Old Joe love them best of all.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Love or loves?

  • The Final Solution

    A negro will always find an excuse not to work. Muh oppression, muh poverty, muh asylum….How can illegal invaders be entitled to any benefits and more importantly how can they sue for them?

  • IstvanIN

    The idea that you can sue over anything and everything is crazy.

  • WR_the_realist

    Douglas Mpay, an immigrant from Angola who is seeking asylum in the
    U.S., said losing his municipal welfare benefits would force his wife
    and two children out of their apartment with few options for other
    places to turn.

    We can only hope. We don’t need people coming here and immediately going on the dole.

    • HE2

      I have an option for this darkie. GO HOME.

      • evilsandmich

        Housing is definitely cheaper in Angola so win-win!

    • Jason Fraser

      Amen!

      Anyone who opposes Gov. LePage’s orders to discontinue welfare benefits to illegals should consider what happened in the UK after the Labour Party opened the doors to all and sundry immigrants. I visited England back in the 1970s and in 2009, I returned for a month-long visit and the country had turned into a filthy, crime-ridden cesspool, thanks to immigration. In the 1970s, there was more crime in New York City in a single night than in London in an entire month, now it isn’t even safe to walk through Hyde Park because of marauding immigrants from Eastern European, African and Middle Eastern countries. Some of the worst offenders are Somalis. There are an estimated 250,000 Somalis in the UK today, but only approximately one-third of Somali men work and why should they when they receive a £20,000 ($33,500) benefit, courtesy of the taxpayers?

      Because of the influx of Muslims to the UK, there are now what are called “honor killings” taking place in the country. Most of the women killed are, themselves, Muslim, but last November, Laura Wilson, a 17-year-old English girl, was murdered by her Muslim boyfriend and his brother. How long before some teenage girl in Maine is killed by a Muslim boyfriend?

      A few days ago, Rev. Mutima Peter of Westbrook, Maine, citing Maine’s aging population, said Maine should be “a welcoming state.” At the beginning of the 21st century, the United Kingdom became a “welcoming country” because Labour wanted to make the UK more “multicultural.” Well, today the UK is multicultural with rampant unemployment, crime has become a way of life and taxes are some of the highest in the world. If Maine keeps welcoming these people with undeserved handouts, it’s just a matter of time before it, too, turns into a crime-ridden cesspool.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    Governor LePage, – “illegal aliens who choose to live in Maine are not our most vulnerable citizens” – Well there’s your problem right there Governor. Not only are illegal aliens NOT our most vulnerable citizens, they are NOT OUR CITIZENS AT ALL GOVERNOR!!!! ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE HERE ILLEGALLY!!! That means they have broken into our country and they are most certainly NOT American citizens! Breaking into a country does not automatically make you a citizen of that country! And really, just what the h-ll is an illegal alien doing on welfare in Maine anyways Governor?

    It’s no wonder why these illegal aliens keep breaking into our country. Just look at how they’re treated. This scumbag has had the worry and responsibility of making a living to provide for his family completely taken from him. Only to have that very responsibility, his responsibility, dumped on the backs of ACTUAL REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS! Citizens who are already carrying so many 3rd world illegal aliens on their backs their damn knees are starting to give out. This wobbly kneed country is treated like the 3rd worlds dumping ground for any and every loser who can drag themselves across our border. From then on it’s free living. Courtesy of the REAL, tax paying American citizen ,of course.

  • guest

    “Local officials and municipal groups say they’re in a precarious position. If they deny the benefits, they risk lawsuits from immigrants. ”

    Meaning they risk lawsuits from lawyers appointed by the Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church, Episcopalian Church, etc., and paid for by tax dollars skimmed from your and my wages.

    Great. They’ve figured out a way to subvert the Constitution to make ALL of us serfs to their religious fiefdoms.

  • Ella

    I know hospitals can lose federal funding if they do not offer services to specific number of low income and illegal persons. Rural and small hospitals are blackmailed to treat them for health problems even if the hospital don’t need the patients.

  • IKUredux

    I said it once, and, I’ll say it again: Any country which creates refugees, must immediately surrender to White people. We Whites will come in and restore order. Any country that creates refugees but refuses White rule, their refugees will not be allowed to settle in White countries. They will, however, be allowed into whatever other hellhole that will have them. If no state will have them, they will be returned forthwith to their hellhole of origin. Frankly, I think that solves all the problems. Unless, of course, there is something else going on…

  • archer

    Mpay don’t say why we’re obligated to give the loser money in the first place, of if we should give everyone who flops here a free ride.

  • evilsandmich

    If they deny the benefits, they risk lawsuits from immigrants.

    A properly functioning judiciary would be nice, but that’s not what we have. What would happen if the munis just sent their lawyers in there and said “we’re not paying anything, sorry, bye”? Perhaps I’m a bit optimistic on the outcome.

  • evilsandmich

    Hasn’t stopped the Feds from dropping all manner of Africans up there, particularly (yuck) Somalis.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Lest anyone forgets, see the photo for the most vulnerable citizens among whites in any of their rightful homelands.

  • nativist

    “he has yet to receive a work permit…” And if he does, what do we know of his work
    ethic or his marketable skills in a high tech economy? Clearly not of interest to Alanna
    Durkin.

  • Dexter Dude

    Excellent approach. Any state can create its own rules for spending its own money. It can require reports of each person serviced, their nationality and citizenship.

    This is the same thing liberals did when they started demanding that cops record the race of every person they arrest. Why did liberals do it? So they could get enough statistics to file lawsuits against the police.

    And that is precisely the thing that Maine needs to do: require regular reports and accounting for all money spent and who it is spent on, so they can sue the liberal welfare agencies in a year or two for violating the law.

  • Jason Fraser

    “If they deny the benefits, they risk lawsuits from immigrants.”

    Since when are people able to file a lawsuit if they are refused welfare benefits? Does this mean we can all go to the city/town, apply for assistance and if we’re turned down, we can turn around and sue because we didn’t get what we want (whether deserved or not)?