Paul LePage on Immigration
Build border fence as high as the Great Wall of China
[Gov. Paul LePage made a visit to a newly-opened call center in Bangor]; the audience was receptive, laughing at his jokes and nodding and clapping when he made comments about his no-holds-barred style and his stance on undocumented immigrants.
He insisted on calling them illegal aliens and explained that "what most people in Maine don't want to acknowledge is that the 'il' makes it unlawful," referring to the spelling of the word "illegal."
"They are going to our schools, and that's a real problem for me," said LePage, who is running against Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler.
"If we can't build a fence high enough . we ought to go to China and see how they built a wall," he said, which got laughs.
Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine Gubernatorial debate
, Sep 4, 2014
Welcome immigrants, but no welfare for legal non-citizens
Maine was built by immigrants. The energy and aspirations of our immigrant ancestors powered our mills, carved out our farmland and built our shipyards. Maine must always be a welcoming place for those who seek an opportunity to advance
through hard work and self reliance. Despite our heritage, Maine is one of just a few places in the country that offers "welfare-on-day-one," for legal non-citizens.
Source: Maine 2011 State of the State Address
, Feb 10, 2011
No voting nor rights nor handouts for non-citizens
Protect and Celebrate Maine Citizenship: Maine is a welcoming state, but the rights afforded to Maine people should not be taken advantage of by non-citizens. Paul will oppose legislation that would allow illegal or non-citizen residents from voting in
Maine elections, receiving taxpayer-funded handouts, or running for office.
Source: Campaign website, lepage2010.com, "Solutions"
, Nov 2, 2010
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