Az law enforcement to get $10 million for border work
Arizona law enforcement agencies will share in $10 million in grants for border security work, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday.
The grants, funded by federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, "were allocated to supplement law enforcement's ability to address illegal drug trafficking, human smuggling and illegal immigration," the governor's office said in a news release.
"Since the federal government continues to announce inadequate plans, and place new warning signs on federal lands in Arizona, we are forced to do what we can locally to act on safety and security until the Congress and the administration act," Brewer said in the release.
"I have chosen to allocate nearly $10 million of my discretionary federal stimulus funds to support law enforcement officials who deal with the ramifications of illegal activity along the border on a daily basis," she said.
Brewer announced the grants the same day the Department of Homeland Security announced an increase in federal border enforcement efforts in Arizona.
The National Guard will station 524 soldiers in the state, along with nearly 700 more along the rest of the U.S.-Mexico border, beginning Aug. 1. 300 more Customs and Border Protection agents will be sent to the Tucson Sector, along with 100 additional Immigrations and Customs Enforcement personnel being deployed to the state.
Pima County will receive $1.1 million from the state program, while the Tohono O'odham Nation will get $815,000.
Allowable expenses include overtime pay, training costs, vehicles and communications equipment.
Projects funded by the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, which are spent at the discretion of state governments, must be completed by October 2011.
Border security grants
- City of Benson $76,080.00
- City of Bisbee $160,500.00
- City of Yuma $334,750.00
- Cocopah Tribe $162,500.00
- City of Douglas $220,000.00
- City of Nogales $703,775.00
- Town of Patagonia $114,060.00
- Fort Yuma–Quechan Tribe $110,000.00
- Town of Sahuarita $225,366.00
- City of San Luis $195,000.00
- City of Somerton $181,000.00
- Cochise County $1,550,000.00
- Pima County $1,136,688.00
- Santa Cruz County $1,300,000.00
- Tohono O'odham Nation $815,000.00
- Yuma County $907,114.00
- Arizona Department of Public Safety $1,594,000.00