1/4/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
A large, Leftist, Portland non-profit organization is teaming up with a community college in a plot to relocate refugees to rural Maine.
As a quick side note, it is estimated each refugee in the United States costs American taxpayers about $65,000. Meaning, the 45 Somali refugees on this field trip cost hard-working Americans nearly $3-Million.
MCF — a non-profit listing more than $450-Million in assets in their latest financial audit — paid for the farm tour and housing for the refugees. MCF CEO, Steven Rowe, believes Lewiston has run out of land for these Somali refugees.
“These are farm families from Lewiston, and they need more land to farm,” Rowe was quoted as saying in an NMCC press release about the farm tour. “There is plenty of land in the County.”
Rowe’s sentiment of shipping refugees from the overcrowded city of Lewiston to the quaint farmlands of Aroostook County is seconded by NMCC President, Tim Crowley.
“We want to show our guests more than just agriculture,” Crowley was quoted as saying in the same press release. “We want (to) show them what the quality of life is like, what types of housing are available, what the schools are like, where are we located as far as transportation hubs are concerned, which is very important to this group. Hopefully, we are planting seeds for the future that will bring more people to Aroostook County.”
In other words, the mission of the tour was to entice dozens of Somali refugees to flood into Aroostook County.
Along with his role as President of NMCC, Crowley serves on the Board of Directors of MCF.
Crowley and Rowe first pitched this Muslim refugee relocation project idea as a way of combating Maine’s “workforce problem” — otherwise known as the Leftist belief that Maine is too old and too White — at a meeting back in March of 2016.
And leaders in the Somali community jumped right on the bandwagon.
Muhidin Libah, Executive Director of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine, was quoted in the same press release as saying he could see Somali families liking Aroostook County.
“We are so excited and we have been trying to move elsewhere in the state of Maine,” Libah was quoted saying while on the tour. “This would be a wonderful opportunity for the families and the region.”
Rowe — the former Democrat Speaker of the Maine House — believes the Somali migration from Lewiston to Aroostook County would also be beneficial for education in the rural Maine county. Maine First Media reported yesterday on the tens of millions of dollars that are currently spent on teaching English to foreign students in school districts with large refugee and immigrant populations. That is money that could otherwise be spent improving the quality of education for ALL students, not just the ones who speak English as a second language.
And while Rowe, Crowley and Libah are eager to inundate Aroostook County with foreigners, the county may not be so ready.
Ann Corcoran is an expert on refugee resettlement. She operates the website, Refugee Resettlement Watch. Ann is from a small, rural neighborhood similar to Aroostook County and witnessed firsthand what can happen when your quaint community is overrun by Muslim refugees.
“Employment opportunities were scarce,” Corcoran said of her ill-prepared town. “The health department was not familiar with illnesses and mental health problems who came from parts of the Third World. The school system was not prepared to teach large numbers of students who didn’t speak English. And subsidized housing was scarce.”
Residents of Aroostook County are already beginning to speak out against this plot to transfer Somali refugees from Lewiston to northern Maine.
A Facebook page Aroostook County Refugee Resettlement Watch has been launched and allows residents to speak their mind about the possibility of this influx of Muslim refugees coming to fruition.
It is good these residents have a place to sound off since there are reports MCF is blocking any posts disagreeing with their open-border agenda and banning the authors of such posts from making any further communications.
Aroostook County is home to about 70,000 Mainers. Many fear the cultural and criminal changes that could come to their community if these refugees migrate north.
Maine has seen no shortage of crime committed by Muslim refugees. Sometimes even in the name of Sharia Law. In fact, there was even an ISIS terrorist living in Maine and collecting government benefits.
So, how do these refugees get to Maine in the first place? Largely through religious non-profit organizations like Catholic Charities. (The process is somewhat complicated, involving contractors and subcontractors. We recommend watching as Corcoran explains the process in this short YouTube video.)
According to Maine Open Checkbook, Catholic Charities of Maine receives tens of thousands of dollars every year from Maine taxpayers. The vast majority of the money goes toward “reader and interpreter services.” Below is a breakdown of the Maine taxpayer dollars provided to Catholic Charities of Maine dating back to 2009 (As far as Maine Open Checkbook goes back).
- 2017: $149,552
- 2016: $83,829
- 2015: $79,951
- 2014: 106,360
- 2013: $226,306
- 2012: $268,050
- 2011: $533,945
- 2010: $140,157
- 2009: $459,498
That comes to a total of more than $2-Million over nine years, an average of more than $225,000 every year.
We were unable to determine the percentage of those taxpayer dollars going to Catholic Charities of Maine’s refugee resettlement program. However, as we mentioned, the bulk of the invoices went toward “reader and interpreter services.”
Catholic Charities of Maine has already previously failed in a scheme to send refugees to a small community in Maine once before. About one year ago, they experimented by sending a refugee family from the Congo — who had been settled in Portland — to work as cheap labor for a nursing home company in Thomaston, Maine population 2,781. The refugee family ultimately moved back to Portland after families of the nursing home residents complained about the “new Mainers” not being able to speak English while caring for their loved ones.
Earlier this week, New England Opportunity Project, a conservative non-profit organization here in Maine advocating for a Maine-First Agenda, posted on their Facebook page what they believe to be the motivation behind the push for open-borders by Leftist on both sides of the political aisle.
“The immigration problem is simple,” NEOP surmised. “Democrats (sic) want more voters and to change American culture. RINOs want cheap labor and to look good for Fake News outlets. Patriots want to prioritize Americans first!”
And prioritizing Mainers first is what would ultimately fix the potential future workforce problems often cited as the excuse for bringing in cheap foreign labor.
Here’s what will solve the workforce issues:
- Increased focus on vocational and technical education,
- Training and transitioning assistance for careers in the new digital and robotic fields,
- Easing the burdens and barriers-to-entry for the self-employed and entrepreneurs.
Money spent subsidizing these refugees (and fair warning, they’re coming after even more welfare dollars) should shift to spending on life-long Mainers and their children. A good start would be defunding Harboring Havens (aka so-called “sanctuary cities”), ending all welfare payments to illegal aliens, requiring E-Verify for Maine employers, ending the Refugee Resettlement Racket and diverting English-As-A-Second-Language funds to education spending that will benefit ALL students, not just a select few.