HAZLETON - A Pennsylvania city has burned through nearly $500,000 in private donations and may have to use taxpayer funds as it defends its landmark but never-enforced crackdown on immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
Hazleton collected donations from around the country to defend itself from a legal challenge brought by opponents of the Illegal Immigration Relief Act.
The law would deny permits to businesses that hire people in the country illegally and fine landlords who rent to them. It's been tied up in federal courts for seven years.
Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi says donations have dried up and the fund is down to a couple hundred dollars.
The city owes $20,000 to its lawyer. The mayor says that without a fresh infusion of donor cash, city taxpayers will wind up footing the bill.