AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Governor LePage says he's concerned about asylum seekers in Maine because, he says, they lack paperwork and bring infectious diseases to the state.
The governor made his comments at a town hall meeting in Augusta tonight.
He was responding to an audience member who is critical of his stance on asylum seekers.
The governor says state agencies have data proving illnesses are being brought by asylum seekers.
He says the diseases are popping up in specific places -- but the state can't find out exactly who the people are because of privacy laws.
“Because of HIPAA laws, I can't tell you who they are,” said LePage. “The fact of the matter is, there is an increase in disease, we have it by data, but we don't have them by name because we can't.
NEWS CENTER tried to contact the Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine CDC for that data Wednesday night but it was after hours.
We will update this story with more information when it becomes available.