Joe Biden telegraphed that he had no intention of securing the border before he ever assumed office.
Because of his obstinate refusal to enforce immigration laws already in place, an estimated two million migrants have arrived just since last January, on top of millions during his eight years as Vice President before the election of Donald Trump.
Now one border state is being overrun by illegal aliens. But it’s not the one you think.
Thousands of illegal aliens are being settled in Maine, at taxpayers’ expense, while local politicians shrug their shoulders and encourage more of the same.
Just in the last year, over 1,000 non-citizens have made their way from the southern border to Portland, Maine where they are overwhelming the city’s homeless shelters.
Now they are being housed at taxpayers’ expense.
A Quality Inn hotel in South Portland now houses more than 400 non-citizens, half of them children, many of whom are now enrolled in local public schools.
According to the Press-Herald, “Most of the asylum seekers came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Haiti and Brazil and have used the last of their money on bus fare or a plane ticket. The guests only had items they could carry on a bus or plane, they arrive without money, jobs, transportation, regular access to food, clothing and medical care. Most are fluent in French, Portuguese, Lingala or their dominant indigenous language. Since few speak English, many of them rely on cellphone translation apps. Most of the time an interpreter is unavailable to help them communicate.”
Senator Susan Collins says, “Under current law, asylum seekers must wait extended periods of time after filing their applications before they are allowed to apply for work permits. These long waiting periods were originally adopted by the Clinton administration – and then extended to a full year by the Trump administration – out of concern that some migrants might apply for asylum primarily as a means of getting a work authorization.”
She got it right, as the law was designed to deter the kind of migration now taking place because of the Biden administration’s overall lack of concern with border security.
But now Collins and Senator Angus King have introduced legislation that would make asylum seekers eligible for work permits starting 30 days after filing their asylum claims.
Asylee status was never intended as a fast track to getting a job in the United States while your application is pending.
Statistics show this as for every 100 aliens who claimed a credible fear of persecution between 2008 and 2019, only 14 were granted asylum.
Maine currently has 25,000 households on its joint Section 8 waitlist for subsidized housing and its citizenry cannot afford to provide housing, health care, and education for wave after wave of non-citizen newcomers gaming the asylum system before getting on a bus to Portland.
This wouldn’t be an issue if Biden and his henchmen actually decided to acknowledge, at a bare minimum, that the border even exists.
But after 15 months, it seems that this administration’s motto is America Last.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.