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Rep. Cuellar Announces $6,000,000 in Federal Funding to Support Border Security in Hidalgo County

Stonegarden funds will be used for paying overtime and acquiring new equipment

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Edinburg, TX— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $6,000,000 in federal funds for Hidalgo County’s law enforcement to support joint missions in securing the United States’ border. Specifically, the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program will be used for paying over-time pay and acquiring new equipment and radio communication technology. This grant will impact the more than 868,000 residents of Hidalgo County.

“Border security in Texas depends on innovation and adaptation,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These funds will provide much-needed support for our law enforcement who are working tirelessly to keep our border communities safe. Since 2008, I have secured over $46 million in Operation Stonegarden funds for Hidalgo County. As Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations, I will continue to ensure the men and women of law enforcement have the necessary funding to keep our South Texas communities safe and secure. I want to thank Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra, as well as all local, state, and federal officers for their commitment to helping to secure our southern border.”

“On behalf of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, we would like to extend our gratitude to United States Congressman Henry Cuellar for his continued support and commitment in keeping out county safe,” said Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra. “Through his hard work and diligent efforts, our county has continued to see the increases in funding awarded with $4,750,000 in 2019, $4,909,500 in 2020 and $6,000,000 in 2021, for Operation Stonegarden. These monetary funds, which are distributed with our law enforcement partners, allows participating agencies to acquire the necessary equipment and personal to effectively maintain the safety and security of our county.”

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden Grant Program provides funding to increase operational capabilities of federal state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. The program supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies to improve overall border security. 

Yearly Funding Levels

2018—$4,500,000

2019—$4,750,000

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2020—$4,909,500

2021—$6,000,000

To read the DHS’ Operation Stonegarden Grant Program Announcement, click here.

To read more about Operation Stonegarden, click here.

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