- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s attorney general says a move by the state Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate its support of general assistance welfare benefits to immigrants in the U.S. illegally is unconstitutional.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew announced the move Wednesday and said it takes effect immediately. The program that provides housing and food is run by cities in towns, with state funding.

Mayhew said the change was being made to comply with federal law and save money. She says the enforcement will affect about 1,000 people and save the state more than $1 million annually.

Attorney General Janet Mills called the move unconstitutional and an unfunded mandate on cities and towns.

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan tells the Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1jm2vDP ) the move will make people homeless and hungry.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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