A planned hotline to accept complaints about illegal immigrants hasn’t been set up in South Carolina because the agency supposed to operate it doesn’t have the money.
The hotline is part of a new law, considered one of the toughest in the country, passed last year to root out illegal immigrants.
The Greenville News reported today that the Commission on Minority Affairs doesn't have the $287,000 to start the hotline or a database to help track immigration information received by all state agencies.
Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens County Republican who helped push the immigration law last year, said the hotline and database were considered extras that would only be paid for if lawmakers could eventually find the money.
"The idea was great if we had the money," he said. "It was basically an add-on. But if the funding is not there, it's not there."