Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces $4,750,000 in Federal Funding to Support Border Security Operations in Hidalgo County

Congressman secures $90 million nationwide for Operation Stongarden Grant Program, a $5 million increase from FY18

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Leslie Martinez, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), August 2, 2019

Rep. Cuellar Announces $4,750,000 in Federal Funding to Support Border Security Operations in Hidalgo County

Congressman secures $90 million nationwide for Operation Stongarden Grant Program, a $5 million increase from FY18

Mission, TX—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $4,750,000 in federal funds for Hidalgo County from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG) to support law enforcement for equipment, over-time pay and conduct interagency operations. This program provides funding to increase operational capabilities of federal state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the Congressman helped secure $90 million nationwide, a $5 million increase from FY18, through his role as Vice Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Congressman Cuellar has delivered Hidalgo County the highest allocation of funding to any county in Texas.  

“Border security in Texas requires a variety of strategies and resources as well as coordination on the federal, state, and local level,” 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 2009, I have secured over $32.7 million in OPSG 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, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, as well as all local, state, and federal officers for their commitment to helping to secure our southern border.”

The FY 2019 Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) program provides $90 million 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 along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in States bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as States and territories with international water borders.

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

To read more about Operation Stonegarden, click here.