Somali Muslim Migrants Protest Welfare Reform in Maine


Maine’s Somali Muslim settler problem is growing worse with gang violence and welfare abuse threatening the state. Governor LePage’s efforts to make Maine’s generous benefits system less attractive to Somali Muslim migrants who have swarmed the state seeking taxpayer handouts has led to protests from those same Somali Muslims.

Immigration advocates and migrants to Maine rallied at the State House Friday against a proposal that would prohibit hundreds of asylum seekers and some other immigrants from receiving General Assistance while waiting for their work permits.

Advocates estimate that as many as 1,000 immigrants who are seeking asylum in Maine would lose access to General Assistance.

In fiscal year 2012, Maine communities provided a total of $17.5 million in General Assistance, $13.2 million of which came from the state budget, according to the DHHS. Portland provided $9.6 million in General Assistance to 4,376 individuals and families in the last fiscal year, with 90 percent of that money spent on food and shelter, according to the city.

Of the total spent, $2.4 million came from property taxpayers and $7.2 million came from the state.

Opponents of the rule change were bused from Portland and Lewiston, cities with significant immigrant populations, for a hearing Friday before DHHS officials in Augusta.

Opponents said the bill would cut off a lifeline for many people who arrive in Maine and apply for asylum.

“This proposed rule will result in increased homelessness and hunger for immigrant women and their children,” said Fatuma Hussein, the director of the Somali Women of Maine.

“It’s a moral and human act to provide assistance and meet the vital needs of this population,” said Hussein. “The face of Maine is changing and so are our communities.”

“There would be hundreds of people unable to pay their rent,” said Merrill. “A lot of general assistance goes in the form of vouchers to landlords. People would be on the streets.”

The rule change is being proposed by Gov. Paul LePage’s administration, which has made welfare reform a priority in his three years as governor. Welfare reform has also emerged as major theme of LePage’s re-election campaign.

I’m sure the rent will be a lot more affordable back home in Somalia. There’s no reason why working people in Maine should be forced to subsidize the transformation of their state into another Somalia.

Anyone acquainted with Somali pirates already knows how those generous folks treat visitors.

The pro-welfare pushback is predictably centered around accusations of racism and talk of all the incredible economic benefits that subsidizing welfare for thousands of Somalis from a violent backward Muslim country in the throes of a perpetual civil war will bring.


  • Singlethoughtprocess

    We have thousands of American born homeless people in this country who don’t receive GA or vouchers for rent. If our own people can be homeless than these people can be homeless too. If you don’t like it then go back to your own country.

  • bobbah

    If China can have a “one child policy” why can’t the west do something similar? It is ridiculous that these people expect to come to a welfare country and exploit it for all they can. They will not go to countries that do not have welfare, i.e. Islamic countries because they are so lazy. Stop the dry rot now, before it is too late.

  • Scott P Bienvenu

    I had to sign an agreement with the federal govt where i promised for a certain amount of years that when my fiancee at the time came to the United States and we were married, that i would support her financially and that she would not become a public charge “Receive any benefits”. If i as an “American Citizen” have to follow the “Rules”, then why in the hell do they “NOT” have to follow the rules. It seems that the rules and rule of law only apply to American Citizens.

    For all the hoops i had to jump through to bring my wife here legally, dont even get me started on amnesty for illegals and all the benefits they get. SMDH

  • Rebelle59

    “the face of Maine is changing, we are the face of Maine…..I’d rather poke my eyes out with a fork than buy into that Bs.

  • Scott P Bienvenu
  • Nelson Stanley

    If you aren’t a racist ,you ain’t payin attention !!

  • Gloria Blackwell

    How much welfare did they get in their own country…..NONE…… So shut the heck up or go back where they come from. Be glad our government is so gutless as to even let them be here!!!!

  • cascronin

    This country was built by refugees. The issue is not race or culture the issue is a broken welfare system. We all could use some help at sometime in our lives but, a system that becomes a life style at the expense of others is wrong. I see nothing wrong with a hand up program but, the system needs to become a program that develops self sustainability, through education and training, and or work credits for productive volunteering.

    • Timothy W. Crane

      A person who actually talks about the article and the issue at hand. Thank you.

      You even seem to offer soulutions to some of the problems that plague the system, and see the offering of help as a good thing. All of us (not just them or us-singulary). Your work credit and volunteeering program idea is alive and well in several states and drives out or cuts off the lazy. In Missouri a person is required to put in 40 hrs/wk of work or volunteer work. A family with two spouses, 55. When the maximum benefit is less than $500 (price comparison to other states is harder as cost of living is drastically different), the lazy find “getting something for nothing” quite impossible. I hope everyone doesn’t deride you for talking about the issue and not just religious or ethnic/racial bashing.

      Does anyone here know if there was any grandfathering of currently present refugees? My main objection is to the dropping of a current expectation of following through for those already here. The Maine state benefits are more generous than the federal standard, and the quarrel I have is only with the idea of droppping those who are caught between the right to work and the ability to bridge the time it takes for work permits to be approved with the benefits already in place for those who are presently waiting.

  • Ken W

    Stop letting muslims in this country and start deporting those here out. We are cutting our own throat. How many times have our enemies told us ‘we will destroy you from within, not firing a shot, we will use your own laws.’ WAKE UP What we have to do doesn’t sound American, but either we do it or there is no America. Recognize islam for what it is, a Cult, and bar it’s practice. No mosques or calls to fake prayer. Stop it Now

    • laura r

      our govt & the globalists are using these people to divide & conquer. it weakens the society.

      • Ken W

        People just need to look and see what is happening in Europe. The more move in, the more they demand. They won’t assimilate because they don’t want to be anything like us, they want us to be like them and will kill to accomplish it. Look at the rapes in Europe, they feel it is ok as long as it is infidels that are being raped.

        • laura r

          there are 100’s of vids on youtube from every country in europe. i especially like gert wilders, agree w/him 90%. the same forces are behind the US that are behind europe. (no, its not satan). its just a massive global corporation out there. it really doesnt matter what the muslims think do or demand. they are not to blame, the govts are too blame. they know excatly what is coming down the pike. (its another “distraction” to pick apart the quran, & complain). the muslims were invited to move into the western world. this time they didnt have to ride on horses & carry swords. their leaders are already here. the followers are being shipped in.

          • Ken W

            So you are saying islam is a corporation?

          • laura r

            it certainly a by product of the global world order. somehow it plays convenient role. arabia & the US are in bed together as one example. do you really think your leaders care what happens in brooklyn? or maine? or dearborn? they dump the people & theyre on to the next thing.

          • Ken W

            So world order as dictated by islam?

          • laura r

            not “dictated”. as i said, its one of the by products of internatiomal deal making. when they ship the people over seas, the foreign govts already know that: local leaders hands are tied, police cant do anything. its a free for all. remember what the muslim said after cutting off the head of the soldier? “your govt doesnt care about YOU” (while he held the knife). he got that one right. (islam is only part of the picture. there are many other countries in world govt).

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  • Sandy Nelson

    If these people are unhappy here, why don’t they just go home? Don’t cause trouble here in the US. If not happy, leave.

  • jenkem5

    I’m from the area. None of them work and they all have 15 kids. It’s bad, bad, bad for Americans.

    • laura r

      multiply the 15 kids, they will each have another 10 kids. now we have a few hundred more people per family. if they do work, thats ok. but who knows? it could be another ghetto welfare culture.

    • EasttoAK

      I am from the area too… and you are lying.

  • Steven Mayro

    hey you know what? why don”t you either go home go to another state or shut the fuck up and deal with it if i went to Somalia do you think i would get benefits???? NO

  • Eric

    when I moved from florida to Maryland I came with money because IExpected to have work downtime. Its not the taxpayers job to support the moving of unemployeed people to any place.

  • Thedon

    Same thing has been happening in Australia, new leader is trying to stop, or slow down the people smuggling trade that brings in Africans and Afghans through Indonesia, predictable accusations of racism.
    Why is one lot of people who’s culture has failed them, allowed to just turn up on the doorstep of another mob who’s culture tries to do the right thing by providing for the unlucky in our society, the new mob are displacing the people that the benefits were provided for, these are not guests, they are gate crashers.
    Local communities should not have to fund, what is a federal and UN cultural restructure of the western world. Letting millions from failed cultures flood in and soak up the resources that were supposed to provide retirement and hardship benefits for the sick, elderly, disabled and unemployed.
    Our communities and culture must change we are told, we must embrace these new cultures and accept the wonderful reality of a new multicultural world, while at the same time, being told we have to respect the culture and history of these newcomers. so it is racist to have a problem with seeing you city overrun with people from failed and often violent medieval cultures.

    • laura r

      look@ it this way: you’re invited to stay @ an apartment. you get food, furniture, & TV (in somalian, flat screen). medical if you need it, some cash vouchers. you get free transport for the entire family, no strings attached. youre told you can buy your native food, there are plenty of other folks around, you can speak your own language. there are several mosques. you heard 1/2 of the neighborhood has left for a country called brooklyn (or where ever), including the iman. you are living in a place w/out plumbing, or maybe theres a war going on. is there much to consider? are you going to say “no”? ofcause not! what im saying is that these people have an international invitation.

  • Michelle Wayne

    That will make them send a message to the rest of potential “Muslim Emigrants” that the money for nothing has stopped coming, the rest of the world take notice, UK is doing it no welfare only after certain time living in UK ,France, Canada and Germany,Belgium, Australia take notice!! the biggest reason they emigrate to non Muslim countries is the welfare money.

  • dougw

    They should not receive 1 cent of government money.

  • MaryofAriz

    Go home. We are not your keepers.

  • Phil Leone

    From history both current and past, I have learned that Jihad, whether it is by sword or by stealth, has a goal of TOTAL Domination by Islam!
    All around the world the infiltration is ongoing!
    As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2%
    in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a
    peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens.

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other
    ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting
    from the jails and among street gangs.

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in
    proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they
    will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards)
    food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for
    Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature
    halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend
    to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions.
    In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action
    offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in
    Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.
    Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections,

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger
    rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings
    of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of
    non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims),
    sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon,
    and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels,

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad,
    some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these
    nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has
    been experienced and in some ways is on-going

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the
    Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because
    everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran
    is the only word

  • hashimoto

    Make it stop!!

  • Chris Humphrey

    The political problem with Islam is that it is like cancer — it’s in remission a lot of the time, but when it flares up, it is fundamentally seditious, a threat to any state that is not Muslim. This is currently happening in Nigeria, among other places. These folks are not keen on assimilating; they will use their minority group status to extort things from the larger society, then start demanding rights for themselves (sharia courts, etc.), then insisting that others must follow their ways (like the taxi drivers in some northern/midwest city, who refused to pick up passengers at the airport who were carrying bottles of alcohol, or the employees of Boeing [?] who began insisting on special prayer times several times during the work day). People who come here and aren’t visiting need to accept that they’re joining our society, not making it over into something like theirs.

  • Timothy W. Crane

    Nothing terrible has happened to me…. I am now sorry I took you so seriously. So you are just a bigoted bitch, plus you have a penchant for lawsuit extortion as well? And you bitch about those looking to flee from war….. Yes this will be my last comment. You are all beyond all hope. I am beginning to think you are all right.

    I am your enemy.

    You are a bunch of equality hating, racist scumbags who are not fit to call yourself lovers of American freedoms or (depending if you hold faith) religiously moral in any way.

    Your so caught up in your hatred of others that it is no wonder you view the world as out to get you. You know you deserve their hatred of your attitudes on a very personal level.

    There’s blood on the mirror, not on your face. Look at your hands and not for the one that struck you.

    I have no “white guilt”, but I sure do feel ashamed of any affiliation with the likes of those that have commented here that others might assume.

    Thank God most in this country are better than you.

    You’re right “it is not an appropriate way to live”, I’d lock my taxi doors too.

    • laura r

      you said it yourself. many 3rd world taxie drivers are DRUG ADDICTICTED, hence the violence. this is good info for other people to know. because i have protected my self, as said “nothing terrible has ever happend to me” i want to keep it that way, for me & others who read this newspaper.

    • Samwise

      I hardly doubt laura r is a bigot.

      Seen too many stories in the Daily Mail of passengers raped by cabbies. The cabbies were all Muslim.

      There was also the problem taxi cab drives in Minneapolis. It brought Somalis to national attention. They did not want service dogs (or any dogs) in the cabs. Nor did they want any customers, who carried alcohol. So if you buy duty free alcohol at the import and then try to get a cab home, you are now stuck at the airport. The cab industry is usually highly regulated. It is a public accommodation. So a baker has to bake a cake for a gay wedding but Somalis can demand passengers adhere to sharia?

      I think it is cute. Alcohol is bad but khat or hookahs are tolerated.

      • Timothy W. Crane

        “wilders is the best.” contributes to my idea that she is. While I have constantly derided Al Qaeda and ISIS for their simplistic views and correlating actions, etc.. she seems quite happy with a man of his “Orange supporting” caliber.

        For these taxi drivers to refuse to drive a man carrying alcohol is stupid at best, I agree. (as Christians and other non muslims even in Saudi are allowed alcohol)

        Khat is also considered an intoxicant, and thus if you read above, I condemned its use as a religiously lax exercise.

        And hookah/tobacco use is considered either discouraged or also prohibited by scholarly opinion.

        • samwise

          It is prohibited by scholarly opinion?

          So many people judge Christians by common practices of those that are nominally Christian or other but not as much by what scholar say. Or they try to drive a truck between the scholar and the laity. An example is the practice of contraception. But we have to judge Islam not by the majority of practitioners or card carrying Muslims but by the scholars.

          Norway has a khat problem. It came with the refugees.

          If I were a cabbie I would not pick up a violent or disagreeable drunks nor would I like someone puking in the cab because of intoxication. That would be cause to levy a surcharge. of 20 to 50 bucks to clean it up maybe more if it took the cab out of service longer.

          People have a hard time with an ethnic group made of refugees from a Failed nation state where American soldiers were recently dragged through the streets trying to tell us how to live better.

          America has a lot of problems, but Somalia has more and it results from the people as an aggregate whole

          • Timothy W. Crane

            Yes. It comes from the hadith that says that those things that intoxicate in large amounts are prohibited in small. (referring to recreational use as actual medicinal use – such as the use of opiates in pain medications fall under a different ruling).

            Smoking falls under the rubric of slow suicide, which is prohibited, but as it is not always considered an intoxicant (nicotine), and death is not assured, some scholars define it as strongly discouraged, but out of the pale of law based on the fact that what is not clearly defined as illegal cannot be legally described as such due to the possibility of that stance then being used to further restrict personal freedoms.

            Under Ibadi fiqh it is considered prohibited (especially in the presence of others, as this is slow murder in the same right) though Shafis and others consider it discouraged only.

            To not allow others to drink though (non muslims) in private is actually considered oppressive to the religious and cultural rights of another group, especially in light of the use of alcohol as a rite in some societies.

          • Samwise

            My post was poorly written.

            We have a problem with Muslims berating alcohol use in the west when their countries have large drug problems.

            We also have a problem with Muslims having a problem with people who use alcohol and never abuse it.

            We also had problems when some Christians did this.
            See dry counties. The movie Footloose may be a bit of a stretch but there are more than enough people in the West who criticize Christians when they get overbearing.

          • Timothy W. Crane

            When you attribute their “problem” as part of their Islamic faith…. yes.

    • laura r

      theres a forum for you, go to the “opposing views” section. you can explode, curse as much as you wish. multiculturalism & islam are similar. they both evoke vulagr temper tantrums. may i suggest “stormfront”?

      • Timothy W. Crane

        “multiculturalism & islam are similar”

        I agree… And am an open supporter of both

        Thank you for the forum suggestion.

  • eGrodin

    Congratulations Maine, in Sweden we’ve been seeing this problem for just a few years. Now it’s your turn.

  • David F. Podesta

    Go back to wherever you came from and get welfare there. I’m pretty tired of supporting leeches and parasites.

  • smogdew

    That these people should be defiling the beauty of Maine with their presence is disgusting. They are Somalis – the most arrogant cruel, demanding, dictatorial, abrasive, trouble making group of Muslims/Islamists. There’s a bunch of them in the mid-West (I want to say MN but I’m not sure) who have caused more trouble than they’re worth. I pity their children – I cannot abide the adults…mean beyond most human measure.
    Why are these people being sent to America (other than the fact that Obama wants his militia stocked with them) as opposed to Palestine? There are miles and miles of glorious Gaza Strip where they could loll in the sun and drink Mai tais (I don’t give a crap as to what their Koran says)……just get them out of Maine and out of this country.
    Why are we aiding people who have killed thousand and thousands of our troops? They are the enemy and should be returned from whence they came (heaven knows there are enough shrimp, lobster and other boats in Maine.
    Of ALL states in the Union – Maine is the only one I care enough about to want these heathens barred. To see a mosque in that state would be heart breaking.

  • leithel1

    The picture of the family above shows thirteen offspring plus two adults. They could pass the other group from Africa in multiplying their offspring like rodents. hell, they could soon out number the “African Muslim Americans” as “Somalia Muslim Americans”.

    • jacsen

      It’s not only the immigrants and refugees that will bring this about.. the USA has allowed over 55 million abortions. The demographics will tell you that whites in this nation will become a minority…and at the rate Obama is inviting folks in from Syria, Somali, ad infinitum…it won’t take long. Maybe that has been his real goal???

  • Wolfy Ghalkhani

    parasites and predators- thats the muslim for you. conquering America, not with his sword but his penis.

  • gplucas

    Islam and Christianity are totally incompatible. One will be destroyed and supplanted by the other. It’s time to send all the Muslims and the UN back to whatever shit-hole country they came from.

  • IngeC

    Being an immigrant myself although, not a asylum seeker – when I read this headline I thought that my eyes are playing a sick joke on me. I always thought coming here as an immigrant one has to be able to support oneself without using and, abusing the welfare system – at least that’s how it was before when I immigrated to the USA. Never in a million years did I nor would I ask or demand for American taxpayers to fund my necessities.
    Are these people for real? Are the Syrian asylum given and, recently arriving in New Jersey (Christians persecuted for their beliefs were NOT among them) are next? Since thousands more to arrive as per the current administration – muslim are given preference because they are the most noble people on the planet – I’m sure they need free lunch hand outs as well – do the taxpayers have a right and, voice at all in how their money is spent? I see hundreds of homeless americans in California with their kids – many of them telling me that they can’t get no help from the state; affordable housing lists are closed for the next 10 yrs; what about them?
    I am not only appalled about their callous behavior and, demands – but also politicians who approve and, support of such actions against taxpaying americans. Whatever happens to honest work? I have a very good book that states: “If you don’t work – you don’t eat!”
    I would like for americans to look to Europe and, what happens when the ‘multi cultural’ utopian dream takes root and, the consequences that follow.
    I hope everybody wakes up and, nip this bs in the butt before, it completely destroys this constitutional republic and, remove politicians who sell americans down the river for the votes of these leeches.

  • johnholliday

    Damn Somalis are the biggest PIA’s.

  • johnholliday

    Mainers will rue the day they let them in

  • Ray Chandler

    Send the scumbags back to the toilet from whence they came. Don’t ask them if they want to go, SEND THEM. I really don’t care what happens to them, but they won’t be polluting this countrry anymore.

  • jacsen

    There is NO justification for this. They’re rude and obviously not very smart. You don’t go into someone else’s home and tell them what to do when you have not contributed a damn thing! Really disgusting…and it makes it so hard to be welcoming to those who need refuge but behave terribly, with their outrageous expectations.

  • David Nevers

    dirty stinken fucking animals!!! go back to africa you lazy muslim dog

  • minutemanIII

    Not only this but there were a bunch of them from lewiston and portland maine who were arrested by the cia for their part in terrorist attacks on US embassys in aferica.

  • manthelifeboats

    I never wanted them here. U.S. needs to rethink the whole issue or immigrants, and especially large scale asylum with people who are antithetical to our way of life. I live in a neighboring state and I feel less safe and and less at ease about visiting Portland and environs. I can’t see evidence that extreme experiments to balkanize our formerly wonderful country are a good and constructive thing. It hasn’t worked in U.K. or any of the mainland European nations and it wont work here.

  • Kara Mehmet

    what the F**K has Maine come to? I left in 1993…Holy Cow…Liberals went and screwed another city up. Great job flat landers.

  • James Rodden

    Regarding YOUR system. I want nothing from your system. I left a country that has FREE health care, so why would I come to a country that specializes in having people pay to live?? I also left a ‘reasonably’ healthy political structure, and a country I loved. WHY? because I met a lady i fell in love with. We were married a few weeks back. I paid for every mile I traveled and have been paying your government since I have been here.. they have practically raped me financially.( about 9000 pounds so far .I have had no help or assistance and have bought a home here AND harassed by a city that hound me for property rates and threaten to take my home from me. even after i have explained that i cannot work until I get a change of status ( after paying your government more money I hasten to add ) So please, not all immigrants are a burden to you… there was a time when you couldn’t get enough Scotsman here! What we DO do in the UK is though, when someone is classed as being in the country ILLEGALLY they are arrested and thrown out. WE do not reward them with a vote a home and a car and assistance. ..
    You get what you vote for in life… sometimes without even voting.. go work that one out…

  • Mocs1

    My husband and I were in Maine some years ago. We went to a Dunkin Donuts in Portland and had a little discussion w/the cashier and he mentioned the issues w/the Somalis and the welfare they receive. Being NYers, and living in the welfare capital of the world (the Bronx), we knew exactly what he was talking about. Seems many in the area resent this and I don’t blame them a bit.

    It’s infuriating that the govt. allows these people to not only come here but then expects thousands/millions to support these people.

    I see this crap everyday in NYC and it’s not just immigrants but plenty of those born and raised in this country for generations sucking the system dry and always crying about it. NO ONE OWES ANYONE ANYTHING!

  • DoYouSeriouslyExpectMeToBeliev

    it was a mistake to bring them here and we will all regret the day they came.