Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces $200,000 in Federal Funding for Border Security in Duval County

The funds will be used to pay overtime and purchase fuel to enhance security along the U.S./Mexico border

San Diego | Tony Wen, Press Secretary (202-856-8750), January 4, 2024

Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) announced $200,000 in federal funds for border security in Duval County. The funds were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Operation Stonegarden Program, a program Dr. Cuellar created.

The grant award will be used by the Duval County Sheriff’s Office to pay overtime and purchase fuel new to enhance security along the U.S./Mexico border. Since 2018, Duval County has received $1,111,000 in Operation Stonegarden funding.


















“Every year, the resources provided by Operation Stonegarden assist our local law enforcement in their efforts to protect our border communities. By providing resources for more manpower and fuel, these federal funds allow our local law enforcement to carry out the necessary operations to enhance security along our southern border,” said Dr. Cuellar. “I helped start Operation Stonegarden, and since 2018, I’ve secured over $1 million in Operation Stonegarden funds for Duval County. This has meant more security for the people at the border to feel safe at home, work, and school. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I will continue to provide the necessary funding our local law enforcement agencies need to keep our South Texas communities safe and secure. Thank you to Duval County Sheriff Romeo R. Ramirez, Border Patrol, and our local, state, and federal officers for their commitment to helping secure our southern border.”