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Austin Ranking Spotlights Illegal Immigrant Population

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Austin is steadily becoming an sanctuary city, and city leaders have made it clear that's exactly how they want it.  Now, new data from the Pew Research Center puts Austin-Round Rock among the largest metro areas in the nation with the biggest population of illegal immigrants.

Coming in at #20, the metro area typically harbors about 100,000 illegal immigrants at any given time.  Of the entire immigrant population within Austin and Round Rock, 34% illegally crossed the U.S. border.  A large concentration of those illegal immigrants can be found in District 4, where council member Greg Casar has said 1/3 of his constituents came into the country under the radar and are now living illegally.

Two other Texas cities made the list -- Houston and Dallas -- and perhaps surprisingly to some, they are ranked even higher than the Capital City.  Their rankings are #3 and #4 respectively.

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