Democratic Maine Senate nominee Zak Ringelstein was arrested on Friday in Texas after he refused to leave a detention center for illegal immigrant children where he was trying to bring supplies.
The Press Herald reports:
His campaign later said he was being held on a charge of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
His arrest came after he tried to get into the facility, was rejected, and then kept "persistently asking authorities to be let into a detention facility."
"I refuse, I refuse, I refuse to stand by as you imprison children and bring more children by the dozens into this facility … it is wrong," Ringelstein says in the video.
Republican candidate Eric Brakey offered a surprising word of support for Ringelstein in a statement after his arrest.
"I am committed to the rule of law, but I support Zak’s private effort to make these displaced children more comfortable," Brakey said. "Americans have a tremendous spirit of generosity and I share his compassion. In contrast, Angus King has done nothing to fix our border in his six years in Washington."
WATCH (arrest happens at the end of the video):