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Abbott Announces Grant Funding for Border Security

Governor Greg Abbott announced grant funding this week aimed at covering costs of border security programs.

On Tuesday, Abbott’s Office announced a $15 million federal Operation Stonegarden Grant to increase operational capacities of federal, local, state, and tribal law enforcement along the border. The grants are part of the $30 million in Operations Orders approved by Homeland Security and FEMA under the current year’s grant program, the Governor’s Office said.

In a statement, Abbott said he is pleased with the grant program and believes it will provided “much-needed support for “the men and women of law enforcement who are working to combat the crisis at our southern border.”

“The state of Texas is committed to utilizing these resources to continue to help secure our southern border,” Abbott said. "I am grateful for our continued partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the additional funding the agency is providing to help carry out this mission.

Fifty local law enforcement entities will receive funding through the grants in the following counties: Bee, Calhoun, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, El Paso, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kinney, Kleberg, Nueces, Presidio, Refugio, Val Verde, Victoria, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata.

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Photo by Governor’s Office

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