Congressman increases funding for Operation Stonegarden program through the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that Hidalgo County has received $4.5 million in federal funds, a one-million-dollar increase from FY17, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) program to support local law enforcement for equipment, over-time pay and conduct interagency operations. This program provides funding to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States’ borders. The Congressman helped secure $85 million nationwide, a $30 million increase from FY17, through his role on the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Statewide, Texas received over $30 million in Operation Stonegarden funds. Hidalgo County received the highest allocation of any county in Texas.

“These additional funds will help reimburse local law enforcement as they work with the federal government to help provide protection of our southern border. As a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, I have worked to ensure that the hard working men and women providing services and protection have the resources and support they need to get the job done. Since 2009, Hidalgo County has received over $28 million in Operation Stonegarden funds. I want to thank the Hidalgo County Sheriff, Eddie Guerra, and the men and women who help secure our border communities,” said Congressman Cuellar.