Lawsuit filed over aid to undocumented immigrants

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new DHHS policy that would block General Assistance to undocumented immigrant is now at the heart of a legal battle that will soon be played out in court.

The Maine Municipal Association along with the cities of Westbrook and Portland have asked a judge to rule on the legality of Governor LePage's order to deny temporary aid for food, housing and heat to non-citizens.

Back in June DHHS said it would no longer reimburse communities.

The Governor then said he would withhold ALL general assistance money to communities that don't follow the new policy.

Portland was reimbursed seven and half million dollars from the state last year, and MMA says the policy puts communities in a tough position.

'We are going to court because the attorney general is saying what they did is illegal they are saying towns and cities have to follow it and and we want to find out who is right,' said Eric Conrad, the spokesman for the MMA.

It's not known if South Portland or Bangor will join the lawsuit. Both communities have stated they will continue giving assistance to undocumented immigrants.


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