10/18/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
Aroostook County is trending Red.
A long-time Democrat county that’s slowly realizing the new Democrat Party no longer represents the values of blue-collar, working Maine families.
The change of political color in The County has led to an organized effort to change the Demographic profile of The County.
Aroostook County’s Northern Maine Growth Initiative is now planning an effort to attract Puerto Rican families to northern Maine.
Maine First Media previously reported on the open-border Left’s plot to invade rural Maine with Muslim refugees. Now, the radical one-worlders want to exploit another vulnerable community to further the Leftist agenda.
MaineBiz is reporting Northern Maine Community College President, Timothy Crowley, traveled to Florida this year, lobbying Refugee Resettlement Racketeers, Catholic Charities USA with information regarding housing and job opportunities in Aroostook County. The open-border members will be making another pitch to Catholic Charities in Connecticut soon.
The Northern Maine Growth Initiative is now specifically targeting Puerto Rican families, hoping to exploit the tragedy in the wake of 2017’s Hurricane Maria.
Aroostook County Republican Chairwoman, Cindy Johansen, believes the resources should be spent on unemployed County residents.
“Who made them (Northern Maine Growth Initiative) Lord of the Workforce,” Johansen asked. “And why are we spending taxpayer dollars for them to travel all over the country in search of bringing people here? We have lots of unemployed people in Sherman who complain about not having any work there. Why aren’t Crowley, Jason Parent and others traveling to the poorer portions of our own county and recruiting people to relocate to PI, Ashland, Caribou and other places where they can find work? Or would that be too simple a solution to their own perceived problem?”
Johansen says the focus should be on bringing industry to the County.
“Are they just trying to get bodies to Aroostook before the census? Because these folks certainly aren’t going to find anything more than McDonald’s jobs or Tim Horton jobs. There are no industry or companies to hire them — other than maybe the mill in Ashland (now called Daquaam, out of Quebec, formally Maibec). This rankles my feathers!”
The Initiative claims its efforts are aimed at curing Aroostook County of a workforce shortage. However, the Initiative has made no attempts to recruit Mainers elsewhere in the state to move north to take available jobs. Nor have they looked outside of Maine’s state lines, but still within the continental United State’s borders.
Instead, the Initiative seems committed to flooding The County with a cheap foreign workforce that advances the open-borders crowd’s forced-diversity agenda.
Republican Representative, Larry Lockman of Amherst says these tactics are politically motivated and typical of open-border Leftists.
“This is a political play, plain and simple,” Rep. Lockman said. “The Left used to be able to count on The County to vote for Democrat Presidents, Senators, Congressmen and Legislators. But Residents in the County are smart. They see the Democrat party has deserted working-class Mainers in favor of a radical agenda of open-borders, gun-grabbing and censored speech. To counter their losses in The County, Leftists now want to import low-skilled workers who are more than likely to vote Democrat and sure to drive down wages.”
The fact is, importing a foreign workforce for cheap labor suppresses wages for native Maine workers.
Furthermore, the claim that this proposal is about stopping the supposed “workforce shortage” lacks credibility when you factor in the fact that nearly half of all working-aged non-citizens are not employed and not looking for employment.
In the summer of 2017, Leftist non-profit organization, The Maine Community Foundation, joined forces with — once again — Northern Maine Community College to bring 45 Muslim refugees to The County and used farmland and housing to entice them to relocate north.
It is estimated each refugee in the United States costs American workers about $65,000. Meaning, the 45 Somali refugees on this field trip cost hard-working Americans nearly $3-Million. And the costs don’t end there. For example, Mainers are spending tens of millions to educate non-citizens.
Beyond the significant cost and lower wages that comes along with forced diversity, importing a cheap foreign workforce has many other negative side effects on the community.
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.”
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. Here are a handful of examples, but the list could go on-and-on.
Meanwhile, the Initiative’s outreach to Catholic Charities is no surprise. Catholic Charities is arguably the biggest recipient of Refugee Resettlement Racket dollars in the world.
According to Maine Open Checkbook, Catholic Charities of Maine receives tens of thousands of dollars every year from Maine workers. 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.
Although the Puerto Rican families the Initiative is aiming to flood Aroostook Country with would not be technically refugees — since Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory — Maine First Media has proposed a 5-Point Plan to fix the Refugee Resettlement Racket in Maine.
- All refugee resettlement plans shall be presented to local voters of towns that are selected for refugee resettlement. Two-thirds of local voters must approve the plans. These plans shall include comprehensive information regarding the funding and housing of all refugees.
- All refugees shall have a financially stable sponsor who is a legal American citizen.
- All initial and subsequent costs of refugee resettlement shall be covered by private, non-government funds.
- Refugee resettlement shall not be considered a pathway to citizenship. Resettlement should be legally and statutorily defined as a contractual obligation with a mandatory termination date.
- Refugee resettlement programs shall be repurposed as training programs for qualified refugee applicants who wish to attain valuable skills and education that can be utilized to improve their homelands. This should be a comprehensive partnership between government and the market sector to train motivated applicants who are willing to assist in creating economic and political stability in their homelands. And let it be Mainers who are paid to teach them these skills.
Rep. Lockman has already filed a request with the Revisor’s office at the Statehouse to sponsor a bill as outlined above in January.