Interactive: The Cost of Jailing Undocumented Immigrants

Reports from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards estimate that Texas county jails spent more than $218.9 million housing 181,279 undocumented immigrants with federal detainers between October 2011 and June 2014.

Total Inmates Housed Total Days Housed Total Estimated Cost
181,279 3,680,036 $218,913,314.86

Immigrants Housed Statewide by Month

Cost of Detainers Statewide by Month

A state law passed in 2011 requires Texas jails to report monthly estimates of the cost of housing undocumented immigrants. The table below shows an aggregation of the costs reported each month between October 2011 and June 2014 as well as the total number of undocumented immigrants housed and the number of days county jails housed undocumented immigrants. Each row in the table corresponds to a county jail, and jail names that include "P" represent privately operated jails.

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