Federal grant money from Operation Stonegarden may seem like a windfall for the cities and counties that have eagerly accepted it. But the funds have not been totally free - and in some communities taxpayers will be obligated for decades.
The loose administration and "anything-goes" mentality
surrounding Operation Stonegarden has raised concerns that it might
not be the best use of federal taxpayer money.
The U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement agree that
officers are not supposed to enforce immigration laws while on
Operation Stonegarden shifts.
BISBEE - To see what can happen when a multimillion-dollar
program has limited guidelines and loose oversight, look no further
A federal program touted as a model for using local law enforcement to help control our borders is handing out $165 million - but with little tracking of how the money is spent, no clear objective and no benchmarks for success, an Arizona Daily Star investigation has found.