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  • The Scriptorium

    11/13/2014

    Maine’s largest city cuts spending in dispute over immigrant aid

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:13 pm

    This is an excellent idea. Cutting funding to cities that give it to illegals eliminates their whole reason for being here. If there’s no money here to be sent back to Mexico, they’ll stop coming. Of course, more cities would have to adopt this policy, but I have a feeling when Obama, once again, opens the floodgates at the border with his amnesty order, people are going to wake up and realize that we have to pay for all their healthcare needs, education, housing, and food. That might change their minds.

    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.

    The budget shortfall could grow to as much as $3 million this year, city officials said, a hefty sum that underscores the increasingly local impact of the tense congressional standoff over national immigration reform.

    “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…

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