Rep. Cuellar Announces More than $4 Million in Federal Funding to Support Border Security in Webb County
Funds will be used for paying overtime, expenses, and acquiring new equipment
Washington | Dana Youngentob, DC Press Secretary (202-340-9148), November 24, 2021
Laredo, TX—Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $4,305,000 in federal funds to support border security in Webb County. The money will be used by the Webb County Sheriff’s Office to pay for overtime hours, operating expenses, and new equipment—resources that are necessary for the security of the community.
“Every year, the resources provided by the Stonegarden Program assist our local law enforcement in their efforts to protect our border community. The funds provide new, updated equipment that is essential to improve operations, pay for operating expenses, and with money to pay for overtime hours, we can provide the necessary manpower to keep our community safe at all times,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Since 2008, I have secured more than $45 million in Operation Stonegarden funds for Webb County and delivered over $123 million in total OPSG funding. With my seat in Appropriations, I will continue to provide our local law enforcement with more federal funds to keep our South Texas communities safe and secure.”
Congressman Cuellar Continued. “I want to thank Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, as well as the local, state, and federal officers for their commitment to helping to secure our southern border.”
“I thank the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar for continuing to award us this grant. This funding sure goes a long way in helping us protect and secure our border,” said Sheriff Martin Cuellar. “We will continue with our quest in making sure Webb County and the City of Laredo is safe for all.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden Grant Program provides funding to law enforcement agencies with the objective of enhancing border security.
Up to $90,000,000 is available in total Operation Stonegarden funding for FY2021. OPSG funds are allocated based on the risk to the security of the border.
To read the DHS’ Operation Stonegarden Grant Program Announcement, click here.