Verdict: Claims made in recent debates and ads are false

October 31, 2018

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SANTA BARBARA, CA — In recent statements to the press, television advertisements, and in debate appearances Salud Carbajal made a number of claims about what he’s done to help the Central Coast since going to Washington. Some of them, like claims he made about securing funding to fight human trafficking and MS-13, didn’t pass the smell test.

CLAIM: “During my first year in Congress, I secured $110 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security to assist the Operation Stonegarden program, helping Central Coast law enforcement as they combat panga boat smuggling and human trafficking off our coastline.” (KSBY, Oct 4, 2018)


DETAILS: Operation Stonegarden, administered by the Border Patrol, was in place long before Salud went to Washington. The latest re-authorization provided $110 million nationwide over four years. Law enforcement agencies in California have had to decline the funding this year because the Sanctuary State law prevents them from collaborating with the Border Patrol. In San Luis Obispo County, Sheriff Ian Parkinson led all efforts to receive grant funding in 2012 and has received less than $400,000 since Salud took office, while Santa Barbara County received $170,000.

The bottom line is, Salud Carbajal has NOT brought $110 million into the district to help combat human trafficking and panga boat smuggling.

CLAIM: “I’ve worked with District Attorney Joyce Dudley, both in County government and now in Congress, to help secure the funds she needs to successfully prosecute violent criminals and MS-13 gangs in our community.”


DETAILS: Project Safe Neighborhoods is an ongoing program created within the US Department of Justice “to create safer neighborhoods through sustained reductions in crimes committed by criminal street gangs and transnational organized crime groups.” The latest authorization, not sponsored or co-sponsored by Carbajal, passed the House in June 2018 almost unanimously, and there were no funds allocated to Santa Barbara County for 2017-2018.

The bottom line is, there have been no funds secured by Salud Carbajal while in Congress to prosecute violent criminals and MS-13 gangs.

The full fact check can be found at Stop Salud.


Justin Fareed is a candidate for California’s 24th Congressional District. He is President of a local small business, Pro Band Sports Industries, and a third-generation cattle rancher. Justin is a graduate of UCLA and has worked for a senior member of Congress; handling various matters pertaining to foreign relations, small business, agriculture, drafting and coordinating the movement of legislation, and building bi-partisan consensus on Capitol Hill.