Several people walk out after sparring with the governor over welfare benefits for asylum-seekers, an immigrant group he describes as 'the biggest problem in our state.' (Portland Press Herald)
February 18, 2016

The contemptible Paul LePage of Maine continues to bring shame to his state, this time for trying to deny benefits to recent immigrants saying they bring to Maine “hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV, the ‘ziki fly,’ (sic) all these other foreign type diseases that find a way to our land.”


Source: Portland Press Herald

FREEPORT — Republican Gov. Paul LePage was repeatedly heckled by several members of the audience Tuesday night in one of the more contentious of the town hall-style meetings he has been holding around the state.

At one point, several people walked out of the meeting after arguing with the governor about his opposition to providing state welfare benefits for asylum seekers.

When LePage started talking about where state aid was being spent and how asylum seekers and illegal immigrants were receiving funds that could be spent on the state’s poor and elderly, an unidentified woman stood up and started screaming “shame on you, shame on you governor.”

James Roux, the Freeport man who was recently accused of harassment by the Freeport Flag Ladies yelled, “where are you going to send them (asylum seekers)” as he was leaving.

“Thank you very much and have a nice evening,” LePage said as the spectators left.

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