IN TWO YEARS: $1,000,000 for illegal immigrants

Action News uncovered the high costs for illegal immigrants staying at the Benton County jail. In the past two years, the county has paid more than a million dollars to house them.

This year, the number of locked up illegal immigrants has remained steady--- with about 22 behind bars at any given time. Officials say it's their responsibility to house these inmates - all for the community's safety.

"It's our job to enforce the law. And we don't for immigrant laws; that's the job of the federal government. But if somebody is arrested for a criminal charge, that's the Benton County's Sheriff's Office duty to house them," said Benton County Jail Commander Jon Law.
And the cost to house an illegal immigrant each day is $68,