The grant covers overtime, mileage and equipment costs for the sheriff’s department and is an effort to encourage collaboration between local and federal law enforcement agencies.
However, the grant has been derided by local activists, who argue the grant forces local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.
Supervisor Ramon Valadez, long considered the swing vote on the issue, said he wrestled with the decision for months but was ultimately swayed that the grant has eroded trust in the community — specifically of the Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies.
Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said he was disappointed by the decision, and said he would have to re-evaluate whether his base budget can afford to keep remote offices in Three Points and Ajo open.
Funds for Operation Stonegarden helped to keep those offices running, he said.
MuteSupervisor Steve Christy was the lone supervisor to vote against terminating the grant, saying a small group of activists was dominating the public debate.
"You do not represent the total feelings or desires of Pima County residents of even come close to representing a majority of our citizens," Christy said.
Meanwhile on 9/20/18 Fox news reports the story below....
Fox news reports
Border Patrol agents discover nearly 200 illegal immigrants in remote Arizona desert
Border Patrol agents in Arizona discovered nearly 200 illegal immigrants in a remote desert area Sunday – the third major discovery over the last month.
Ajo Station agents patrolling several miles west of Lukeville Port found 102 illegal immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and 91 illegal immigrants from the same area hours later, authorities said Wednesday. Most were traveling with families, while at least 11 children were unaccompanied.
The 193 illegal immigrants were medically evaluated and transported to Ajo Station to be processed for immigration violations.
Ajo Station agents made similar discoveries over the last month.
Agents patrolling near the same port found 128 illegal immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras El Salvador and Mexico on Aug. 17. They were believed to be abandoned by smugglers.
Agents from the same station found 163 illegal immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador near Lukeville Port on Sept. 1.
Read Article from 9/20/18 (yesterday)
Below is contact information for the Pima County Board of Supervisors. This is a National Security issue so please contact even if you do not live in AZ!
Ally Miller, District 1
Ramón Valadez, District 2
Sharon Bronson, District 3
Steve Christy, District 4
Richard Elías, District 5
[email protected]_Valadez Do you support border security or not? You declined the Operation Stonegarden grant which would ensure Border Security. Re-apply, keep our borders safe. @tnmorg TheNewMovement.org
2.Border security is important to me @Ramon_Valadez I support the Operation Stonegarden grant which would ensure Border Security. You rejected the monies. Re-apply, keep our borders safe. @tnmorg TheNewMovement.org
[email protected]_Valadez You voted recently to sever the Operation Stonegarden grant with the federal government to ensure Border Security. We need Border Security. Period. thenewmovement.org @tnmorg
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Dear Pima County Board of Supervisors
Recently you chose to refuse the Operation Stonegarden grant which allocates funds to cover supports and services to ensure border security. As a result, the Sheriff’s Department does not have the funds to keep our borders safe.
Since that refusal illegal immigrants from all over the world have been apprehended coming across our porous borders. Imagine how many are coming across that are not being apprehended.
This has got to stop. Law enforcement needs the tools to shut these borders down and to protect American citizens. The number of those illegal aliens that are not apprehended is far too many.
The purpose of this letter is to appeal to your common sense and reconsider using the Operation Stonegarden grant. As an American Citizen, I demand border security and Operation Stonegarden is a part of this. As I result, I demand that you re-apply for the funds now.