Maine Governor Paul LePage says he’s making big changes to how Maine participates in the federal refugee resettlement program, CBS affiliate WGME reports.
Friday afternoon, when the governor was in the WGME studio, he said the state would stop helping resettle refugees here in Maine.
He’s sent a letter to the president, ending the state’s participation in the program.
It’s a controversial move, but he says he’s just lost confidence in the federal government’s ability to safely and responsibly run the refugee program.
In the letter, he goes on to say he no longer wants Maine associated with that shortcoming.
He cites an example of a refugee living in Freeport, who went back to Syria and died fighting for ISIS.
He says the state has also found welfare fraud especially prevalent within the refugee community, but during our interview, he stressed safety, and concerns the program puts American lives at risk.