The story behind the scapegoating: Maine immigrants speak out

Yesterday, more than 600 people marched in Portland in support of Maine’s refugees and asylum seekers, who have been singled out by Governor LePage and Republicans in the legislature in their proposed cuts for General Assistance.

For the thousands of immigrants who have come to Maine to escape persecution in their home countries, General Assistance is the only lifeline they receive while they wait for authorization to work and establish a new life. About 1,000 immigrant families across the state would be affected by this punitive action.

Far too often, immigrants have been used as political scapegoats and treated as caricatures. In this video, some real Maine immigrants tell their stories.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Visit to learn more and take action.


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