Trump Administration Moved $10 Million From FEMA Budget to ICE

FEMA Says It’s Ready for Hurricane Florence, Defends 2017 Response

FEMA Says It’s Ready for Hurricane Florence, Defends 2017 Response

The budgeting document, "Department of Homeland Security FY 2018 transfer and reprogramming notifications", indicates that $9,755,303 was taken from FEMA, about 0.9 percent of the agency's listed overall budget, and given to support ICE.

The Trump administration is under fire for appearing to transfer money from the country's top disaster response agency FEMA to fund immigrant detention.

The agency that spearheads the federal response to natural disasters is down almost $10 million out of its $15 billion budget.

Merkley first gave the documents to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who ran a story on the transfers Tuesday evening. "At the start of hurricane season-when American citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still suffering from FEMA's inadequate recovery efforts-the administration transferred millions of dollars away from FEMA", Merkley said in a paper statement released Tuesday night - points he reiterated in an interview Wednesday morning.

FEMA said it is making up for the funds by curtailing training, travel, and public engagement.

Money was also taken from other agencies, including millions from the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard, to help ICE, the document states. With this said, however, a DHS spokesperson says that the funds have nothing to do with disaster relief, meaning it won't impact FEMA's ability to help in the recovery of Hurricane Florence or any subsequent hurricanes. Officials also said that thousands of immigrants detained in federal custody may suffer "reductions in services" if Congress denies the funding, though they did not provide specifics.

"The lack of fiscal discipline and cavalier management of funding for detention operations, evidenced by inaccurate budget formulation and uneven execution, seems to be the result of a perception that ERO is funded by an indefinite appropriation", the statement said.

The network cited documents sent to Congress from DHS, the parent agency housing ICE and many other aspects of the nation's security apparatus.

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Merkley posted a Transfer/Reprogramming document from DHS that shows $9,755,303 from FEMA to ICE out of FEMA's almost $1 billion operating budget. Nothing in the cuts will directly affect FEMA's response to the hurricane, but it is nearly impossible to evaluate any potential indirect effects.

Considering they chose to start putting children in cages right around that time, clearly this was where the money went. "It's not surprising to see a defensive and completely fallacious response from the Trump administration to their irresponsible and unsafe decision to move money from FEMA", said Martina McLennan, a spokeswoman. Jeff Merkley of OR in an appearance Tuesday on "The Rachel Maddow Show", as Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolinas.

He also suggested that the financial pressure was linked to this month's announcement by the administration of new regulations created to enable expanded detention of families who cross into the USA without legal status. "DHS/FEMA stand fiscally and operationally ready to support current and future response and recovery needs", Tyler Q. Houlton wrote on Twitter. "We have plenty of resources to respond, plenty of resources to recover".

Trump on Tuesday claimed the US government is "as ready as anyone has ever been" for Hurricane Florence and no expense is being spared.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or Friday, potentially as a Category 4 storm.

"This is yet another example of the Trump Administration's outrageously misplaced homeland security priorities", said Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of MS, ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security.

"Nearly 3,000 people died", Sen.

Florence is forecast to hit the Carolinas as a Category 4 hurricane later this week, one of the strongest storms to strike the area in almost 30 years.

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