Passing the buck

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT ought to go without saying that until Washington fixes the country’s broken immigration system, Washington – and not state and local governments – should bear the cost of jailing criminal illegal immigrants. Alas, on a good day, the feds only pick up one-third of that cost. And on most other days, it’s a lot less. That’s because the Justice Department has proven unwilling or unable to cut reimbursement checks to affected local governments. Currently, California is out $89.5 million, and Los Angeles County $12.5 million. This is inexcusable. If Washington can’t grapple with immigration, then it ought to at least pay for its failure – rather than passing the costs along.last_img read more