AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor LePage reacted to the Portland Press Herald report that a man living in Freeport died fighting for ISIS.
The Portland Press Herald reported Adnan Fazeli moved to Freeport in 2009. The paper reported court documents showed Fazeli subsequently joined ISIS and was killed in Lebanon in 2015.
Governor LePage released a statement sharply criticizing US immigration policy.
The statement read in full:
“President Barack Obama’s immigration policies have been an utter failure and continue to jeopardize the safety of millions of Americans,” said Governor LePage. “While the Supreme Court rejected the President’s overreach in his executive action to prevent deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, we must urge Congress to correct and enforce immigration policies to ensure they protect American citizens and reject those seeking to live in the United States who want to harm us or join our enemies."
“The screening process of immigrants has failed and will continue to place Americans at risk,” the Governor said. “We cannot afford to harbor radical Islamic sympathizers on our watch. We have an upcoming election, which is pivotal in addressing U.S. foreign policy and immigration laws and two presidential candidates who are on opposite sides of the fence. These policies are vital to the future of our nation and our state. The safety of Americans must come first.”