Newly elected Maine Governor Paul LePage, in one of his first acts in office, signed an executive order allowing state agents to check immigration status of individuals they come in contact with. Gov. LePage's order rescinds a previous executive order that prevented state agencies from inquiring about an individual's immigration status.
A spokesman for the governor said he wanted to remove the impression that Maine was a safe haven for illegal aliens, and a place where the could get driver's licenses and social services.
“We have got many fiscal issues, and I’m intending to take care of Mainers first," Gov. LePage said.
Gov. LePage signed the executive order last Thursday.
Updated: Wed, Jan 12th 2011 @ 11:57am EST