Situation is very sad

I have been following with great interest the plight of the British couple from Arundel. This couple opened a successful restaurant in Wells and were able to pay off the mortgage on the restaurant and a rental property from the profits they earned.

Now comes our government bureaucracy.

We must keep in mind that there are some 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, sucking the schools and hospitals and the welfare coffers of many cities and states dry. Yet government officials tell that hardworking couple that their E-2 visas have expired and they must leave the USA.

This is a couple who worked hard, paid their taxes, had zero government assistance and, government officials, in all their infinite wisdom, basically said too bad, you must leave now.

However, if that couple could somehow claim immigrant status, there are government agencies that would give them money for rent, food stamps, free medical care and schooling and access to the Social Security system. 

Am I the only one trying to figure this out?

Where are our elected officials? Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree — come out, come out wherever you are.

What a shame that things such as this can happen in this country. How very sad.

Paul Parquette, Lewiston

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 's picture

I have a jolly good idea.

I have a jolly good idea. Send all of the illegals that Catholic Charities brought to LA back to wherever they came from. Our tax burden and welfare rolls would go down considerably, the accident rate and arrest rate would diminish and we could return to a near normal quality of life.

Ed Enos's picture

legal immigration

I wonder how long it takes and how much it costs, realistically, for someone to immigrate to the US legally. Please, keep the BS to a minimum, I'm looking for real estimations.

John Clement's picture

so far it has been 8 years

so far it has been 8 years for my wife's daughter (30 year old college educated gainfully employed Canadian) to get her interview. that will happen in December. the fees are about $1,500.

John Clement's picture

crap (double post) i hate

crap (double post) i hate that. wasn't paying attention

John Clement's picture

so far it has been 8 years

so far it has been 8 years for my wife's daughter (30 year old college educated gainfully employed Canadian) to get her interview. that will happen in December. the fees are about $1,500.

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

I have no Republican side

they knew their visa status. They knew when it would expire. There's much more to this story than this letter.
And the bias of the author is obvious in this statement: "...12 million illegal immigrants in this country, sucking the schools and hospitals and the welfare coffers of many cities and states dry." That's not true at all. Illegal immigrants pay taxes too.

Kevin Murphy's picture

Excuse Me??

Illegal immigrants pay taxes? How are they going to do that without a soc sec number?

Mark Wrenn's picture

other taxes

You think maybe they might pay sales taxes? How about when they register a car? Or maybe even when they put gas in that car? Nobody ever asked me for my SS card at the gas pump.

Kevin Murphy's picture

Gee - I wish I could limit my

Gee - I wish I could limit my taxes to sale's tax.

 's picture

You gotta remember, Jon,

the color of their skin. These are 'good' illegal aliens, not some of 'those.' You've got to learn the right wing wacko pecking order.

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