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Cameron County ranks 5th in state in spending for housing illegal immigrants

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 10:01am

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 10:02am

Cameron County pays big money to house undocumented immigrants.

The Texas Commission on jail standards released data ranking the county fifth in the state, paying more than $6.4 million dollars to house federal detainees during the past two years.

Overall, county jails spent more than $156 million to detain more than 131,000 illegal immigrants across the state. The top four counties paying out the most were Harris, Travis, Dallas and Bexar.

A state law, passed in 2011, requires Texas jails to report monthly estimates of the cost of housing undocumented immigrants.

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