At a campaign event in Saco on Monday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michael Michaud joined York County Democrats in giving a standing ovation to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for his controversial decision to welcome undocumented immigrant children into Massachusetts’ schools and communities.
Patrick, a Democrat, announced last week that his administration will find ways for the Bay State to host immigrant children who recently crossed the US southwest border illegally. Although the federal government has said it will foot the bill for housing, clothing and feeding the untold number of young Central American immigrants, some Massachusetts cities and towns have objected to the move, which could place an extraordinary burden on local school systems and taxpayers.
Even Democratic state lawmakers have spoken out against Patrick’s immigration policy.
“Everybody is struggling to make ends meet and I think we need to address what we already have here in Massachusetts and help out the needy that are already here,” said state Rep. David Nangle (D-Lowell):
“This will not go away and we are fools to buy into this,” said state Rep. James Miceli (D-Wilmington) said. “The economy isn’t flourishing, people are having a hard time, we don’t have room and we don’t have an obligation to clean up someone else’s mess.”
State Sen. Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) said she was “greatly concerned about what the implications are and what policy we’re setting here.”
The national immigration crises has yet to reach Maine, but the subject of illegal immigration will play a large role in Maine’s gubernatorial race, as Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently moved to halt the illegal flow of General Assistance welfare dollars to undocumented immigrants.
[RELATED: Maine AG Janet Mills clashes with LePage on welfare…]
Michaud has thus far declined to articulate his position on GA for illegal immigrants.
The Press Herald reported in June: “Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud did not directly answer the question of whether undocumented immigrants should be eligible for General Assistance. However, he criticized LePage for “over-simplifying a complex matter” and supported the position staked out by Portland and other cities.”
[RELATED: Memos from Attorney General’s office shed light on GA flap…]
Michaud has also been hesitant to speak out about federal immigration policy during his campaign. But his attitude toward’s Patrick’s policy couldn’t be clearer.
The 12-year congressman from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District gave Patrick a resounding applause and nodded with approval as Nancy Stolberg, a Mass.-based community organizer, thanked him for his welcoming immigration policy.
(In the video (see below) Michaud can be seen sitting next to Patrick.)
I am dumbfounded…what are we thinking that we can just take in all these children..many of whom still have mothers and fathers back in their home country. Isn’t the more compassionate thing to do to try to get them back to their loved ones? This is a logistics nightmare! Those whose answer is just to put them in school, feed them, clothe them (where pray tell?) Are fooling themselves. There is sooooo much more to consider. So while it may feel good for everyone to stand up and applaude all the good intentions, I think a true leader would tell everybody to sit down, stop patting themselves on the back and have some very real and honest conversations about what can be done. In a normal adoption process, presumably the parents are deceased or have given up their rights or they can’t be found. For each child that has crossed the border, and let’s remember how many thousands we are talking about, this process will need to be completed or at least I would hope it would be…it has to be or we are negating a process by which thousands of hopeful couples attempt adoption. In some countries the adopting parent has to stay in that country until the child and/or the court says they can go to their forever home. I don’t know.. this is not an easy situation by any means, but what I do know is standing up and applauding does nothing…not one thing.
As if we needed any more proof that Mike Michaud is unfit to lead a parade of ducks much less the entire state of Maine this is it!
my question is why is the Government sneaking them into States,? Everyday we hear about Maine children going hungry, elderly, handicapped and low income struggling to survive with limited funds, homeless veterans lacking the support they need, yet Obama, with Democrat support from politicians like Michaud, place down the welcome mat to hundreds of thousands of illegals aliens, many with criminal records, to flood our country, adding more strain to our country holding a $17,000,000,000,000 debt.
Bet none of them will live anywhere near where Patrick resides!
It is no surprise that Do Nothing Michaud would jump on the illegal immigrant bandwagon. He twists whichever way the political winds blow if he thinks he can personally benefit from it. Michaud is incompetent and not fit to occupy the people’s seat in Congress, much less the Blaine House.
Michaud is an idiot and is not looking out for the hardworking citizens of Maine..
Like a true liberal Congressman Michaud is always generous when it comes to spending other people’s money. I’m sure he knows Illegal immigrant children don’t come without a cost to taxpayers.
A MASTER OF OBSCURITY, OBNUBILATION AND EVASION. “Michaud has thus far declined to articulate his position on GA for illegal immigrants….‘Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud did not directly answer the question of whether undocumented immigrants should be eligible for General Assistance’….Michaud has also been hesitant to speak out about federal immigration policy during his campaign.”
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