By Steve Plunkett
A $100,000 Homeland Security grant will boost border patrols in coastal communities, County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams said.
“This money will provide additional security for our community, especially along our coastline, a large portion of which I represent,” Abrams said in a news release.
The money will be used for overtime to provide additional patrols associated with crime suppression and intercepting people who have illegally crossed the border.
The money will be shared with towns and cities in joint operations with the Border Patrol, sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.
Abrams said he takes a particular interest in border issues because his district has 25 miles of coastline.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which he noted works closely with municipalities, will implement the grant.
There were two immigrant landings in Manalapan in August. More than 30 immigrants were intercepted off Boca Raton in October, while 16 were rounded up in South Inlet Park there in August.