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  • Refugee supporters gather in Augusta in opposition to LePage’s statements

    By Ramona du Houx

    More than 100 people rallied in support of Syrian and other refugees November 25th at the governor's mansion ten days after Maine’s Governor LePage declared he did not want Syrian refugees to settle in the state. In his statement he said he would “take every lawful measure in my power to prevent it from happening.”

    Under Federal law, LePage has no say in the matter.

    However, a group of concerned citizens wanted to make the statement that LePage doesn’t speak for many Mainers.  Portland resident Tom Tracy thinks that it is important that they know they’re welcome

    “We’re a country where most all of us are from somewhere else, and we should be welcoming people.” said Tom Tracy, at the protest.

    Nearly a dozen religious leaders representing Jews, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians, Quakers, Unitarian Universalists and the United Church of Christ joined the protest, which was big for the day before Thanksgiving.

    "In our panic subsequently after Pearl Harbor, we put thousands of Japanese into internment camps. Eventually the young men imprisoned there went to fight for our and their country, not in the Pacific but in Europe where the Nisei proved to be among the fiercest and most successful of our fighting units. We were not very proud of what we did to these people just as we will not be very proud in the future of what we seem poised to do in the case of the Syrians or even, if some loudmouths have their way, all Moslem-Americans," wrote Neil Rolde in an editorial for Maine Insights.

    "Admittedly, we do panic and we do make mistakes that we rue afterward and innocent people do suffer. But our history has shown that demagogues come and go over here. We should not, and must not, give the fanatical power-seeking Muslim terrorist killers and those behind them a victory."