3/20/18, by James Mosher
Essentially, there are two opposing plans for Maine’s economy. One that aims to foster a more viable environment for taxpayers and another that involves attracting, educating, and retaining refugees, asylum seekers, and illegals.
Both have been tried before.
Ronald Reagan proved that relieving the burdens of producers results in an economic boom; this is the plan of Governor LePage’s tax conformity bill.
Meanwhile, the multicultural experiment to replace Europe’s aging population has been a miserable failure.
Which plan do you think Maine “progressives” support?
Currently, there are two bills up for debate in Augusta that will have an enormous impact on Maine’s economy.
LD 1492 “An Act To Attract, Educate, and Retain New Mainers to Strengthen the Workforce”
LD 1833 “An Act To Facilitate Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities”
I attended last Thursday’s hearing on LD 1833. I listened carefully to the opposing arguments against enforcing federal immigration law here in Maine before testifying myself.
The gist of the opposition is that enforcement of federal law would be too difficult for state/local law enforcement agencies and is inherently racist, bigoted, and xenophobic toward Maine’s immigrant population.
I testified that the bill boils down to three essential factors related to immigration: safety/security, sustainability, and the rule of law.
Safety and Security
Former FBI Director James Comey revealed in 2015 that there were ISIS operatives in every state. “We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states…This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon. This is all 50 states and in ways that are very hard to see,” he added.
KSM said, “The terror attacks were good, but the ‘practical’ way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within. He said the brothers would relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people eventually would become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they would just want it to end”.
In May 2017, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly commented on the grave threat of terrorism. He expressed that if Americans possessed his knowledge regarding the risks, “they would never leave the house.”
Jihadists are taking advantage of migration using it as a cover for the Hijra. Robert Spencer explains that the Hijra is “jihad by emigration”:
“And so it goes. If you don’t accept the brave new world that is sure to bring more jihad and more Sharia to Europe, you’re a Nazi and a racist. Meanwhile, no one is bothering even to ask, much less answer, one central question: why is it incumbent upon Europe to have to absorb all these refugees? Why not Saudi Arabia or the other Muslim countries that are oil-rich and have plenty of space? The answer is unspoken because non-Muslim authorities refuse to believe it and Muslims don’t want it stated or known: these refugees have to go to Europe because this is a Hijrah”.
It is estimated roughly 5,000 illegals residing in Maine.
Given the aforementioned, I don’t think it is advantageous for Maine to be a lighthouse for illegals.
As the screws tighten, illegals will be seeking ways to embed themselves even deeper in the shadows. They will travel toHarboring Havens like Portland, where living under cover of darkness is more palatable.
There are roughly 47,000 immigrants living in Maine. The immigrant population has put quite a strain on the local economy. There is a shortage of housing, rising rent prices, increased property taxes, and welfare fraud as a consequence of the “progressive” multicultural experiment.
Maine families have enough burden to bear. In 2014, Maine was ranked close to dead last for economic growth.
Rep. Lockman (R-Amherst), the sponsor of LD 1833, testified last Thursday regarding some of the cost of illegals:
“According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), about 5,000 illegal aliens live in Maine. We can argue about that number; it’s obviously not precise or exact, but it is consistent with the estimate of 11 million illegal aliens nationally, a number that’s pretty much universally accepted as the minimum, with some credible estimates ranging to upwards of 20 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States”.
“Based on the estimate of 5,000 illegals in Maine, FAIR estimates the cost to state and local taxpayers at $41-Million annually. Since those 5,000 illegals pay only about $1-Million a year in taxes, the net cost to Maine taxpayers is about $40 million a year: $22-Million for education, $3-Million for healthcare, $3-Million for law enforcement, $4.5-Million for public assistance, and $8-Million for general government services…nobody can deny that there is a real and substantial cost. Illegal immigration is a net drain on the state treasury. Whatever the cost is, it is not zero”.
In 2016, Mayor Bob MacDonald emphasized the burden placed on Lewiston taxpayers by the influx of asylum seekers who had flocked to the city for benefits.
MacDonald said, “We’re one of the poorest cities in Maine, and they’re all coming here. We can’t afford this.”
The Rule of Law
John Adams said, “We are a nation of laws, not of men.”
Think about this for a minute.
I am a Maine resident. I have a Maine driver’s license. My car is registered in Maine and has a Maine inspection sticker. Let’s say that I have been inattentive during the last year because of the routine of life and that hypothetically all of the aforementioned has expired.
Suppose I take a family trip to New Hampshire and within miles of my destination I get pulled over for speeding.
There are a number of possible outcomes at this point, arrest, impoundment and hefty fines to name a few. Clearly, I am in violation of several statutes, and it is now time to face the music. As much as I may want to direct emotion at the officer for ruining my family trip, the responsibility is all mine.
It is really this simple. Either we have laws, or we have chaos.
If municipalities can shirk federal law when it comes to enforcing immigration, what is stopping them from similar behavior with other laws?
Consider this argument from Steve Feazel taken from his column “Abortion and sanctuary cities” in American Thinker:
“Any state that has a conservative governor and legislature should just declare itself a sanctuary state for the protection of the unborn. No abortion would be allowed. It only makes sense that if a sanctuary city or state can choose the immigration law to ignore and expect no repercussions, a state can be a sanctuary state for the unborn and ignore the prevention of an abortion as being illegal”.
“Progressives” pride themselves on being compassionate. They tell us that enforcing federal law will make the immigrant population less safe because many immigrants will be scared to report a crime for fear of the risk of deportation. They care about the safety of immigrant communities. Therefore they are against enforcing the law.
However, there is an ulterior motive behind the importation of immigrants and the sheltering of illegals. By offering benefits to the newcomers, they hope to be perceived as the foremost political party on immigrant issues. They aim to win the hearts of immigrants and are so brazen with their plans to expand the Democrat voting base that they have designs on registering illegals to vote.
Mayor Ethan Strimling has put forth a proposal to register noncitizens to vote in Portland.
We don’t have to sit and stomach what Maine progressives intend to jam down our collective throats.
I urge you to engage your representative and senator. Call and e-mail them.
They will not move easily.
In 2016, Rep. Lockman attempted to put forward similar legislation to discourage harboring havens (LD 1652). House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe and Speaker Mark Eves worked together to ensure that the bill never saw the light of day. Speaker Gideon was the Assistant Majority Leader during the 127th Legislative Session. She spoke out against Rep. Lockman’s attempt to lock the doors on illegals stating: “We have no place for these blatantly racist Trump-like maneuvers in Maine.”
There you have it.
Maine “progressives” are convinced that safeguarding our state is racist. Those of us who truly care about the future must systematically disprove their arguments and spread the word before we are too far gone.
James Mosher is a husband, father, and patriot who appreciates the cost of freedom. He sees the storm clouds on the horizon and writes so that others may be prepared. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free,” (Ronald Reagan, 1961).