Immigrants fear loss of local aid in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Immigrants across Maine are worried about possibly losing assistance to buy food and housing under new guidelines from Gov. Paul LePage's administration.

The Republican governor is seeking to prevent immigrants who can't prove that they are living in the U.S. legally from collecting general assistance, a municipal welfare program. His administration says it must conserve its limit resources and that it's following federal law.

He's threatening to withhold all state funds for the program from cities and towns that don't follow his guidance.

Douglas Mpay (em-PAI), who left Angola several years ago because he says he was being persecuted, fears the loss of assistance would force his family out its Portland apartment. He's seeking asylum but hasn't yet received a work permit, so he can't provide any income.

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