Costly decision

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The word last week that the federal government approved sending $405 million in 2006 to California for the costs associated with keeping illegal immigrant criminals locked up was welcome news. It’s the largest allocation for such costs in four years, and it means federal lawmakers realize they have some culpability in allowing the unchecked flow of people across our borders. Unfortunately, it’s still not enough to cover the states’ costs. California spends more than $750 million a year incarcerating immigrants who have crossed the border illegally and committed crimes here, even though policing the border is Washington’s responsibility. As long as federal government policy is to ignore the seemingly intractable problem of illegal immigration, then it ought to pay the entire costs of its decisions.last_img