Maine’s Largest City Cuts Spending in Dispute over Immigrant Aid

Dave Sherwood, Yahoo! News, November 13, 2014

Maine’s largest city has begun clamping down on spending as newly re-elected Republican Governor Paul LePage makes good on a campaign promise to cut funding to cities and towns that give aid to undocumented immigrants.

In an internal memo released on Wednesday, Portland city officials said they had frozen hiring and cut travel and overtime spending after their requests for reimbursement from the state for assistance provided to families with children in emergencies had gone unanswered since July.


“We just don’t have that kind of money sitting around, so we need to act prudently,” said city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin. “We’re in a holding pattern until we receive some kind of official response.”

Tea Party-backed LePage, who was re-elected last week with a strong mandate to reform the state’s welfare system, had threatened in June to cut funding to municipalities that give state-reimbursed general assistance to undocumented immigrants.

“Tell your city councilors and selectmen to stop handing out your money to illegals,” LePage said in a radio address.

Portland does not distinguish between documented and undocumented residents, and has argued state law forbids them from denying aid to residents in need, a position backed by Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, a Democrat.


LePage contends he is enforcing an 18-year-old federal law that supersedes state law.

The feud will likely be resolved by courts.


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  • Good for Paul Le Page. But I doubt the local officials will respond by cutting off benefits for the illegals.

    If you live in Portland, Maine, expect less pothole repair.

    • propagandaoftruth

      My God, QD…

      Is this Le Page actually doing something? Is he responding to his voters’ desire? Looking out for the taxpayers? For real?

      Le Page for Prezzy ’16! Maine Republican…

      • LindaWilliams

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    • A Freespeechzone

      Be glad you don’t live in Portland, Oregon, they don’t have money to fix the roads; they want an annual tax of $36 to $900 per year for road repair. Not to mention the mandatory Portland Arts Tax of $35 per year per person, per year.

      Portland is a sanctuary city for illegals–the place is beyond liberal.

      • propagandaoftruth

        I mean, I hate potholes, but…
        I’ll bitch and complain but I’ll drive more carefully and avoid potholes if the stupid gee effin dee politicians did something to really oppose out of control immigration and Obama style federal tyranny. If one of them really tries I’ll suck it up and deal with some potholes in the name of our children and our heritage.
        Potholes = sacrifice for what we really want.
        Well, there’s one politician doing something somewhere, and he’s a Republican.
        Good. Wish there were more like him. Let’s see how this shiny newfangled Republican congress “works” and who it works for, eh?
        Things change the more they stay the same and even in lowgrade White Hell good things sometimes happen.
        Maybe I’m a New Republican? I do live in an age where all morality and sense has been inverted, after all…

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        Los Angeles too, the streets are falling apart. The city is even floating the idea of billing homeowners for repairing sidewalks in front of their homes and trimming the trees that the city planted there. We can’t have the illegals inconvenienced in any way.

      • none of your business

        Isn’t Portland another city where a tiny black minority has the city terrorized?

        • A Freespeechzone

          No, Portland is so full of naive, liberal, self-loathing Whites, they actually feel bad that the city isn’t more ‘diverse’. Many worship the negro.

          Moreover, they worship illegals–having the only county in Oregon to vote for illegals to have driver licenses. It failed statewide.

          They love anything Obama and more taxes.

          I live nearby, but not in Oregon.

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          I was born in Portland, OR – the north side of town was (and apparently still is) black. It was never a huge population, but it was concentrated enough to make the northside a no-go zone. My family lived in the Sumner/Parkrose neighborhood until 1975, and it was working-class white. I hear that there a lot of Asians there now, and the people who live in our former house are Thai judging by their names.

  • Whitesneedtobebrave

    Good a republican with balls. I hope he runs for president and we have more like him.

  • JackKrak

    …”state law forbids them from denying aid to residents in need”

    Idiot New England Volvo drivers, you don’t have “residents in need”, you have thousands of Somali goat herders who are permanently stuck in the Stone Age. But, hey, you wanted to import them to show everyone how wonderfully tolerant you are and to spice up what you thought was a dull, monocultural existence in your formerly civilized corner of the country so why not take advantage of this opportunity to further show off your moral superiority over cavemen like me by throwing your doors – and wallets – open to your new neighbors?

    Please, go ahead.

    • Cid Campeador

      Are things still bad in Lewiston?

    • guest

      They like to give off the false image of how “tolerant” they are and how much they love multiculturalism, but they never actually do anything to help these Somali goat herders stuck in the Stone Age. They just expect everyone else to throw away their money and lives for these immigrants so they won’t have to.

    • [Guest]

      What, you’re not with the program? We’re supposed to look at the following photo taken in Lewiston, Maine, and feel all warm and fuzzy over the rich, colorful, vibrant patchwork that is multicultural America.

      • Guest

        Welcome to Maine!

      • me

        There are no words….

        • Uncle Bob

          Well, “yick” comes to mind…

          • So does “B41”, but unfortunately those have all been dismantled.

          • bilderbuster

            As does “Sick”.

        • [Guest]

          I can think of a few, but I’ll refrain.

      • Tony Murphy

        Same here In Ireland. You never see a black woman that doesn’t have squads of offspring attached.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          She looks like she’s about to drop a litter, as well…

        • JohnEngelman

          And no husband, I suspect.

        • [Guest]

          They seem to be more capable at producing them than at caring for them.

      • JohnEngelman

        Is it racist for me to wonder if those women are married to the fathers of their children?

        • Who Me?

          Married? What’s married? That married stuff be fo’ White folks.

        • [Guest]

          They’re black, therefore whatever response you have is racist.

          And if you have no response, that’s racist.

    • Alpin Thueson

      This.^^^^^ Comment of the Week!

  • [Guest]

    >>>”… assistance to undocumented immigrants…”

    Wouldn’t the following be more accurate wording?:

    … criminal foreigners demanding and receiving money extorted from (mostly white) American taxpayers by the government

  • me

    Good for Paul LePage! I hope he sends a message, loud and clear, that there’ll be no more handouts for illegal invaders! Let the illegals go back home and see if that flies!

  • R L Buds

    “Portland does not distinguish between documented and undocumented residents, and has argued state law forbids them from denying aid to residents in need”……….unless they are working white people trying to do the right thing.

    • me

      Portland, Maine, eh? Stephen King should write a horror novel about THIS…..

      • LexiconD1

        Stephen Kings is a extraordinary Liberal DWP…

        When he started making money, and receiving some fame, he completely forgot where he comes from.

        • me

          Yeah, I know. That’s why his ‘star’ is fading. His books have gotten too liberal for most tastes. It’s a pity that all of these ‘celebrities’ don’t stick to their ‘talents’ and leave politics alone.

        • none of your business

          He has a long interview in ultra liberal Rolling Stone recently.

          • King’s early career was writing for the “Daily Camera” newspaper in Boulder, Colorado. That was always a trashy bird-cage liner of a paper; my mother’s dad used to call it “The Instamatic”, and he’s been dead almost 25 years.

          • LexiconD1

            He hasn’t said anything I’m interested in hearing in years.

  • MekongDelta69

    This makes two articles like this on AmRen today. (One here and one in Europe.)

    I’m always a cynic and skeptical as hell, but I guess it’s better than the ever-present, “(‘Unidentified race’ – i.e. black) ‘youfs’ kill (‘unidentified race’ – i.e. White) teens” stories.

  • Whitetrashgang

    As I have said before the average taxpayer owes 150,000 due to the debt, and this is what anyone who immigrates to the US should pay on entry.

    • me

      I think we’ve gotten too much ‘diversity’ here. I don’t care how much money someone has. All I want to see immigrating into this country are White people, especially Boers from South Africa.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Yes true, but I use it so it can be a none racist talking point.

        • me

          If you’re White, everything you say and do is ‘racist’–even when it’s not.
          ‘Racist’=White oppression, displacement, and genocide

    • Who Me?

      Didn’t they used to have to show proof of being able to support themselves and their families, either with money or valuable working skills upon entry into the US? Back when the immigrants were White people coming in through Ellis Island?

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    LePage might be one of the only, if not the only decent politician left in the NE. Illegal should be an easy thing to understand- do not let them collect anything welfare related, simply get them in line to go back home.

    • ATBOTL

      NE Republicans are the worst: pro-Amnesty, pro-open borders, neocon, globalist and anti-civil liberties.

  • WR_the_realist

    Wow. A sane governor. I didn’t think we’d see another one in my lifetime.

    • bilderbuster

      Twenty years ago something like this wasn’t considered radical in most states.

  • Fed Up

    ALL American cities and states need to stop supporting the worthless illegal immigrants! It’s an obscenity to waste our hard-earned tax dollars on lawbreaking criminals. Why isn’t gutless Obama putting the screws to the Mexican government forcing them to reimburse us American taxpayers for the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to support the illegals and their broods.

    • bilderbuster

      Why haven’t any presidents in my entire life put the screws to the criminal Mexican government? It’s not like they’re anything remotely like Canada.

    • Who Me?

      There are no “illegal immigrants” Such a thing does not exist. There are only illegal aliens, illegal invaders, illegal settlers. Words matter. Be sure to use the right ones when referring to the invading hordes of ILLEGALS pouring across our borders day and night in search of a life of ease provided by the generous White taxpayer who works so they don’t have to.

    • mobilebay

      Whoa, Fed Up! Obama is not about to get testy with Mexico. They might decide to stop sending his voters here.

  • NYB

    Need more money for social handouts? A federal politician would say just borrow or print it, debt ceilings be damned!
    This is good fiscal common sense in the classic New England tradition. If the whole country were run this way, mass immigration of Third World foreigners would be deemed a foolish public expense, and summarily outlawed.
    The corrupt chambers’ of commerce, the banks, and the Lutheran and Catholic immigrant services would be howling mad.

  • WR_the_realist

    Le Page should go one step further — insist that the federal government pay for 100% of all welfare benefits to the legal “refugees” that the diversicrats in Washington, D.C. keep dumping into Maine. It would be even better to make the diversicrats pay for those benefits out of their own pockets.

    • bilderbuster

      The Feds would have no problem using our money to pay if that’s what it takes. I like the idea of Le Page making the locals feel the heat.

  • Vito Powers

    Whatever happened to the requirement that immigrants couldn’t be a “public charge”? Also, let’s not forget how this coddling of illegal aliens is hurting the veterans. It seem illegals get preferential treatment when it come to public assistance.

  • NYB

    The real beneficiaries of public spending on illegals aren’t the illegals themselves. The money trickles up quickly to the rent-seeking landlord and investor class.

    If there is one group who is making handsome profits from waves of refugees, illegals and feckless migrants it is the cabal of scheming property dealers that every city and town has, but must keep in check. They’re the ones always pushing for ‘more’, while disguising themselves as humanitarians or concerned business developers.

    Rome was eventually brought down by this type taking over the senate and subordinating it to their profit-agenda. As whites we need to call them out on their treachery.

  • john maverick

    Le Page will likely be sued by the DOJ.

    • It turns out that DOJ lawyers are not bulletproof. While I do not advocate murdering lawyers, especially not by hanging them from lamp posts, they should keep in mind that infuriating Americans is not really a very good idea.

      I recall this habit of theirs cost the Democrats control of the Senate quite recently.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Judicial Watch and ACLJ would likely respond in kind to the DOJ.

  • dd121

    Glad to see a governor resist the Feds where he can.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Thank you, Governor LePage of Maine, a lone REPUBLICAN voice in liberal Maine for having the guts to clamp down on white-taxpayer $$$ to illegals. We need the good Governor to show inside-the-beltway Republican operatives how it’s done.

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    This guy is like Tony Abbott of Australia, Down to earth, honest, no nonsense and guardian of the public trust. Outstanding. Remarkably for a politician, he is not a sociopath.

  • Alpin Thueson

    Expect Soros (Schwartz) to have a conversation with Le Page. Not long afterwards, you’ll see the governor’s mansion packed with disease ridden illegals defecating all over the place, ‘gay ‘plural marriages’ officiated on the front lawn, ‘holocaust memorials’ in every town throughout the state, state media praising ‘Israel’ etc. Pathetic.

  • Who Me?

    What happened in Knoxville should be unforgettably branded into the hearts and minds of every White American over the age of 12. And once every White American sees what the feral thugs and thugettes of the urban jungle are like, they need to get together and take the proper measures to make sure there is NEVER a chance of something like this happening again. One of this type takes ONE STEP over the line, they are hanging from the nearest tree by sundown. Segregation worked once–bring it back.

    • Cid Campeador

      Let’s not forget Wichita and Eve Carson either. The list is endless.

  • kikz2

    golfclap ><<.

  • IstvanIN

    Stop participating in TANF and the Refugee Resettlement Program. Let them migrate south.

  • Strichtplatte

    Put the godam illegals to work fixing pot holes if they want to eat and when the holes are filled shut off the oatmeal.

    • IstvanIN

      We should put American’s to work fixing up potholes and rounding up illegals.

  • none of your business

    It is impossible to get a book published unless there are gay black Hispanic or feminazi heroes and evil and or incompetent buffoonish White men. Sole exception is conservative Regnery publishing.
    Grisham’s first book was “A Time To Kill.” Does anyone think it would have been published had the races of the victim and defendants been true to life?
    I read a lot and it is so obvious that certain liberal clichés must be inserted into every work of fiction.

  • jayvbellis

    This governor is great.

    There should soon be a Main version of “Southern Rock” singling populist songs promoting their Maine version of Al. governor George Wallace.

    This is where the action is – state level, governor’s mansions. We need to build state organizations and stop wasting all our time and money on fixed Presidential elections.

  • Ohmy!

    It would be nice to have a man like Governor Paul LePage in the White House.

  • libertarian1234

    “The feud will likely be resolved by courts.”

    And in the meantime they really should freeze the accounts and real estate of the leftist nut case AG so they can sell off her fixed and liquid assets to pay for the free loaders.

  • baldridge999

    The anti-whites even use charity as a tool for white genocide. These people really are deranged scum.

  • [Guest]

    Clearly, the government is not our friend.