Maine to Withdraw from Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

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Governor Paul LePage announced last week that Maine will withdraw from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, citing security concerns. Maine will become the sixteenth state to refuse participation with the federal resettlement program.

In a letter addressed to President Barrack Obama, Governor LePage provided the administration with notice of its intentions. “I have lost confidence in the federal government’s ability to safely and responsibly run the refugee program and no longer want the state of Maine associated with that shortcoming,” wrote the governor. Governor LePage referenced incidents of terrorist activities by refugees resettled in Maine and restated the State’s opposition to the administration’s plan to increase Syrian refugee admissions.

States that withdraw from the program, often referred to as “Wilson-Fish” states, do not participate in the placement process or administer aid to refugees, unless specifically required by state or federal law. Often, the federal government gets around states that refuse to participate with the program by contracting with third party organizations to facilitate placement of refugees into those states. Withdrawal from the Refugee Resettlement program, however, will ensure state taxpayer resources are not spent in the resettlement process.

Currently, twelve states refuse participation in the Refugee Resettlement program. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced their states’ plans to withdraw from the program in April of this year, and Texas Governor Abbott announced Texas’ plans to join them in September. Because states are required to give the federal government 120 days’ notice of their withdrawal, Maine may be forced to continue participation until March 2017.

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    Ligaya Fabian of 1631 El Camino Real #8 Tustin Ca 92780 submitted fake documents and paid money to obtain a driver’s license but the dmv found out and revoked the license. She jumpshipped her flight from Germany to Canada at lax to get here. She now has a green card. ……
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    Ligaya Fabian of 1631 El Camino Real #8 Tustin Ca 92780 submitted fake documents and paid money to obtain a driver’s license but the dmv found out and revoked the license. She jumpshipped her flight from Germany to Canada at lax to get here. She now has a green card.

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    It is a travesty that Obama would put the American people he took an oath to protect in harm’s way by lettings these. Refugees Into our country. Sweden rapes and assaults have inreased over 400,00 in the last year and most are committed by Syrian Reugees. Shame on you Obama.

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    But time will tell…it all appears Trump if ratified… will be like Reagan..di nothing N the party N VP will do everything…not to mention now the Democrats will be the partyof no

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    Trump made reference during the campaign to the fact that welfare use by refugees in Maine is extremely high. For this he got the usual media criticism, without them noting what he said was absolutely true.

    In spite of all the attempts to present Hillary as some champion of the little guy, she’s a Wall Street lackey. She’s the one who got all their contributions and who according to WikiLeaks told execs in private that all the stuff about regulation was for public consumption, but that they knew best how to “regulate themselves”. Trump also pledged to reinstate the Glass-Stegall Act, which Bill Clinton repealed. That act kept banks from risky investments. It’s repeal was the direct cause of the subprime mortgage collapse in 2007-08. Trump also opposed the AT&T and TimeWarner merger because he said there’s been too much media consolidation. She refused to say.

    There’s been a lot of talk about the popular vote. But both the electoral college and the Senate were set up to protect smaller states against the power of a handful of big population states. The Senate filibuster rule, which lets a minority block straight up and down votes, is hardly democracy. But both sides have used it and you can bet the Democrats will not be giving it up in this Congress.

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      Hard to say…. nothing has changed…the same people in Congress….the very same that did nothing…in this case I agree w you not democratic … Hillary won N in this case the forefathers got it wrong…..the electorate git in the way if the People.. but it is still not late….