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Illegal Aliens Get Government Housing in Maine, Whites Need not Apply
by Lewis Loflin
"Nationally 65 percent or more of the migrant farmworker population is undocumented," says Juan Perez-Febles, director of migrant and immigrant services for the Maine Department of Labor, who says the number undoubtedly applies in Maine, too. "They either walk across the border or overstay a work visa." An executive order signed by Governor John Baldacci in 2004 prohibits state agencies, including law enforcement officers, from asking about immigration status unless it is pertinent to an investigation. Portland has its own "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Ref. Invisible Mainers August 2008 www.downeast.com
A local nonprofit group in Maine (Mano en Mano - Spanish for Hand in Hand) won a $1 million federal grant in 2008 to build a six-unit apartment complex for illegal immigrant laborers, most of whom come from Mexico and Honduras. Residents didn't want free government housing for mainly illegal aliens, so Mano filed a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Milbridge, Maine (pop. 1,300) "is smarting from accusations of racism."
"We have always been very open and receptive and accommodating," said Lewis Pinkham, the town manager, police chief and code enforcement officer. According to newspaper accounts residents opposed the project on grounds that farmworkers' children overburdened the schools; others predicted it would be a drug haven. The petition, signed by 48 residents, said jobs should be saved for local lobstermen, whose industry is suffering, and not "given out to minorities that may move into these units."
Maine through Federal government action has dumped third-world problem immigrants (many on welfare) in "clustered" communities such as Somalis in Lewiston and Sudanese in Portland. To quote, "Hispanics tend to scatter through smaller communities, making their ranks feel even thinner."
To quote Anais Tomezsko of Mano en Mano, Hispanics make up 10 percent of the population or more in Washington County, Maine. Main produces most of the nation's wild blueberries and like much of low-income rural refuses to pay decent wages so they bring in illegal alien slave labor. A sea cucumber processing plant that opened in 1995 offered the illegals permanent jobs, while still refusing to hire legal residents to cut labor cost. The county's unemployment rate is 10.4 percent with 20 percent of its population living below in poverty level. One resident pointed out that many native Mainers live in tumbledown trailers. The region's subsidized housing has long waiting list of poor white residents that many of the criminal businesses refuse to hire for cheaper illegal aliens.
Let's understand what is going on here. We have a 10 percent unemployment rate and the population is 10 percent Hispanic, most illegal aliens. When poor, hungry white people try to protect their economic interests they are called racists. One resident B. J. Seymour wrote that multifamily housing complexes "are popular as halfway homes for recovering addicts, transients, sex offenders, seasonal workers, parolees and those with limited mental abilities." Legal residents not only lose jobs and have their wages suppressed, but will also pay for the jails and social services of the very same criminals brought in to replace them. There's little doubt the reaction would be the same if the illegal aliens were white.
But racial Hispanic activists like Anais Tomezsko says $500 a month is too much for Hispanics to pay, so they deserve the discount taxpayer housing while implying poor whites do not. To quote Tomezsco, "We have two or three people coming in every week asking about housing and we're usually at a loss." With all the poverty and unemployment, why are illegal aliens still being brought in?
One white resident a Ms. Russet claims "the town initially embraced year-round immigrants, even holding potluck suppers to help them fit in. Mano en Mano gave Spanish lessons - to bank employees who were struggling to communicate with Hispanic customers, among others - and the town won a grant to tutor immigrants." Excuse me, why are they not learning English and why should taxpayers pay for it?
Quoting the New York times, "the constant drain of jobs has made native residents less receptive, others said, even though most shun the low-paying farm and factory work that immigrants do. "When there is very little work, bringing more people in does not solve the problem." But it does solve a problem for business in suppressing wages to increase profits.
The building moratorium was scheduled to expire in October, but residents voted to extend it and voted down a proposal to exempt the Mano en Mano project from the moratorium. Residents were more irked by the fact that Mano en Mano, as a nonprofit group, would be exempt from paying property taxes. They would pay $10,000 a year if privately owned. Town officials claimed the "town imposed the building moratorium not to block Mano en Mano's project but to revise its land-use laws." Residents were expected to vote to let the project go forward.
According to the press "Tenants at Mano en Mano's housing project - the first of its kind in Maine - would have to be American citizens or permanent residents who made a certain percentage of their income from agriculture or aquaculture under the terms of the federal grant, from the Department of Agriculture. They could be of any race." Nonsense because nobody is allowed to ask their immigration status by order of the governor and these businesses often won't hire whites because they desire taxpayer subsidized Hispanics.
As for the charges of racism town leaders claim we "can't gag people. You can have one or two people stand up in a crowd and say some comments that aren't the sentiment of the entire town." Ref. November 15, 2009 New York Times
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