SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta has testified that violent crime spiked 60 percent in his city between 2003 and 2006. He says he called for a crackdown on illegal immigrants because residents were afraid to leave their homes. There were more than 8,000 crimes in the city between 2001 and 2006. A lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union confronted Barletta yesterday with statistics showing that illegal immigrants were responsible for less than one percent of them. Barletta says that doesn't matter. He says his budget is so tight that he doesn't have a dollar to spend on even one of them. Barletta is defending a law that imposes fines on landlords and employers who do business with illegal aliens in his city.
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