A night’s stay for an illegal immigrant in the country’s largest taxpayer-funded detention center costs more than a room at the nearest Hilton Hotel, Daily Mail Online can reveal.

The government shells out $231 every 24 hours to house just one of the 2,105 foreign detainees at The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, a small town 200 miles from the Mexican border.

That is more than a double room at the four-star Hilton Palacio del Rio 70 miles away in San Antonio, which costs $169.

Reported by the Mail Online. You can read the full story here. 

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