The grant funds are to "enhance interagency border security operations" supporting the operation, including the facilitation of directed actions to deter and interdict criminal activity and detain non-citizens arrested for state crimes related to the border crisis.
"The grant funding available through this program will strengthen our response to the crisis at the border and help keep our communities safe," said Abbott in a release. "I encourage local governments to apply for these funds to enhance our ongoing collaborative efforts to deter illegal immigration and prevent the smuggling of people, drugs, weapons, and other contraband into our state."
As part of the HB 9 appropriations bill signed on Friday, the OLS Grant Program will assist local law enforcement, jail administrators, medical examiners, and court administration officials in the execution of coordinated border security operations through:
- Supplementing law enforcement surge operations in support of OLS
- Capacity expansion for detention operations associated with increased criminal activity due to surges in illegal migration
- Supporting county medical examiner offices in the humane processing of the remains of undocumented migrants
- Increasing capacity and expediency in the magistration and criminal trials of OLS defendants
- Increasing capacity to provide indigent defense to OLS defendants
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