But Mayor Lou Barletta couldn't provide any in his testimony yesterday.
CV: But Barletta also admitted he lacked statistics, evidence or research to support his main reason for proposing the ordinance — that illegal immigrants are destroying the quality of life in Hazleton. He also conceded he does not know how many illegal immigrants live in Hazleton, using city services like fire protection, sanitation and code enforcement.
I guess this is the faith based approach to law making.
Morning Call: But Barletta admitted he had no idea how many illegal immigrants live in his city of about 32,000 and that he didn't rely on any data to conclude they are the root of its problems.
As I've said before this was a stunt to help Rick Santorum's reelection campaign that has taken a life of it's own. The local rags are trying to depict him as a local hero playing on the fear of people who look different. Bloggers call him out.
And the Hazleton Legal Defense fund is running out of money: Barletta has frequently said that the ordinance is meant to save the city the cost of providing city services, such as police protection, for those who are in the county illegally.Besides the cost of defending the suit, Hazleton taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $1 million in legal fees from the other side if the judge rules against the city. It’s unlikely the city’s insurance company will pay those fees, as the policy specifically states it does not pay out for these costs.When asked about how the city would pay for those possible expenses, Barletta has said he would make public appearances and solicit donations.