Gov. LePage says he would 'absolutely' send Maine troops to border if asked
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Governor Paul LePage spoke out about the situation at the border and Trump's immigration policy.
He spoke Wednesday at a breakfast and business forum put on by the Portland Regional Chamber of commerce.
He says what's happening at the border can be avoided.
“I think there’s a lot of politics going on down at the border right now. This thing about separating children from their parents, that's not what’s happening. The problem with American law is you can put people in detention, you can put adults, but you can’t put children in detention, so that's where the separation kids go to one place, the parents go the other, but the parents have a right to take their children and go back home. There’s no reason they can’t go back home. Nobody’s stopping them,” LePage said.
Governor LePage also said if he is asked to send Maine National Guard troops to the Mexico border, he "absolutely" would.
He says the problem is too many people are trying to get into the country the wrong way.
“Why don't we either, one, fix the law or, two, for every person that comes in illegal, let somebody that's been waiting in line legally into the country,” LePage said. “Let’s do it legal. I’m all for fixing it. I’m all for all of them coming in, but let’s do it legal, file the application, stand in line like everyone else.”
The governor also talked about raising minimum wage and how that is affecting businesses and more jobs coming to Maine.