The Republican Governors Association has released a new ad criticizing Democratic candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud for his position on allowing illegal immigrants to collect welfare benefits.
“Michaud would put Maine taxpayers on the hook for over $1 million in payments to illegal immigrants, and make Maine more attractive to illegal immigrants who can’t get benefits in other states,” the narrator says.
The ad attacks Michaud for statements he has made to Maine media about providing welfare benefits to illegal immigrants, a practice that Gov. Paul R. LePage has stopped in order to comply with federal law.
“Don’t be fooled when liberal Mike Michaud says he’d look out for Maine,” RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho said in a press release. “He supports siphoning taxpayer dollars from hard working Mainers and using the money to pay welfare benefits to illegal immigrants.”
In July, LePage announced that 8 unaccompanied alien children had been placed in the state without consulting him. “If we have eight kids in the state right now and if there are any state dollars going there, there are eight Mainers not getting services,” he said.
Michaud has yet to clearly state his position on the subject, but he appears to support Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to house unaccompanied children who are in the country illegally in his state as they await an immigration hearing.