NPT DC: $1.4 million in Homeland Security grants to Tiguas, County
News release from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes:
REYES ANNOUNCES OVER $1.4 MILLION IN HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS FOR THE EL PASO-AREA TO ENHANCE COOPERATION BETWEEN FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security will award a $1,138,875 grant to El Paso County and a $327,504 grant to Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe through the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program to help improve cooperation and coordination between federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in border security operations.
“With the surge in drug-related violence in Mexico, this funding could not have come at a better time,” Congressman Reyes said. “These grants will help pay for new equipment and other costs such as overtime compensation for our local law enforcement. At a time when our local governments are struggling with budget deficits due to the current economic recession, these federal grants will help reduce some of the burden on local taxpayers.”
The U.S. Congress appropriated $60 million for Operation Stonegarden for FY 2009 to provide a flexible framework of funding to support operational efforts that enhance America’s border security. In April 2009, Congressman Reyes and other Border Caucus Members sent a letter to Chairman David Price and Ranking Member Harold Rogers of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations requesting $75 million for Operation Stonegarden in FY 2010. These funds help integrate local, tribal, state and federal law enforcement agencies in a coordinated and cooperative problem solving approach to strengthen law enforcement preparedness and response activities along America’s land borders with Mexico and Canada.
For more information on other federal grants awarded to the 16th Congressional District of Texas, please visit the “Grant Announcements” section at http://www.reyes.house.gov.