Maine’s Somali Muslim colonizer problem is growing worse with gang violence and welfare abuse threatening the state. Governor LePage’s efforts to make Maine’s generous benefits system less attractive to Somali Muslim overbreeders who have swarmed the state seeking taxpayer handouts has led to protests from those same Somalis.
Press Herald via Frontpage (h/t Susan K) Immigration advocates and migrants to Maine rallied at the State House Friday against a proposal that would prohibit hundreds of asylum seekers and some other immigrants from receiving General Assistance while waiting for their work permits.
The rule change is being proposed by Gov. Paul LePage’s administration. The governor has made welfare reform a priority in his three years in office, and a major theme of his re-election campaign.
“By design or not, it’s racist because it disproportionately affects people of color,” said Rep. Peter Stuckey, D-Portland. (Islam is not a color)
The change would align Maine’s program with federal aid programs, which don’t provide benefits to immigrants until they have been in the country for five years, said DHHS spokesman John Martins. General Assistance is funded entirely by the state and local governments, and is based now only on financial need, not citizenship status. Cities or towns that want to provide the aid could continue to do so, without state money, Martins said.
Advocates estimate that as many as 1,000 immigrants who are seeking asylum in Maine would lose access to General Assistance. Opponents of the rule change were bused from Portland and Lewiston, cities with significant immigrant populations, for a hearing Friday before DHHS officials in Augusta.
“This proposed rule will result in increased homelessness and hunger for immigrant women and their (herds of ) children,” said Fatuma Hussein, the director of Somali Women of Maine. “We are the future of Maine. We are the face of Maine. The face of Maine is changing.”(For the worse, MUCH worse)
In fiscal year 2012, Maine communities provided a total of $17.5 million in General Assistance, $13.2 million of which came from the state budget, according to the DHHS. Portland provided $9.6 million in General Assistance to 4,376 individuals and families in the last fiscal year, with 90 percent of that money spent on food and shelter, according to the city. Of the total spent, $2.4 million came from property taxpayers and $7.2 million came from the state.
Before the hearing, Hamm said the rule change has been reviewed by Le-Page, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew and the Attorney General’s Office, and all three have “signed off” on it. “We’re looking at an April effective date.”
The change would affect primarily new immigrants who are not yet citizens and are not refugees resettled here by the federal government. That includes people who have fled violence and are seeking asylum in the United States, as well as visa holders and illegal aliens.
Without General Assistance, immigrants would turn to homeless shelters and food pantries. Several faith-based and nonprofit groups said they couldn’t possibly meet the need. (A plane ticket back to Somalia would solve that problem)