Trump administration transferred almost $10 million from FEMA funds to ICE

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On Tuesday, the administration announced it would tripling the size of an emergency temporary tent facility to house more immigrant children.

The Department of Homeland Security transferred almost $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a budget document released by a Democratic senator late Tuesday night, diverting funds from the relief agency at the start of the hurricane season that began in June.

As for FEMA, the notifying document states that the "Mission impact" will be "minimized", as the agency will scale back training, travel, public engagement sessions and IT security support and infrastructure maintenance.

The head of the government's disaster relief agency said Thursday he never intentionally misused federal vehicles, following a report he was under investigation by the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that the transfer of about $9.8 million in FEMA funds to ICE was reportedly done at the start of this year's hurricane season.

"DHS/FEMA stand fiscally and operationally ready to support current and future response and recovery needs", he said.

Merkley aspects to a file he obtained from The Division of Hometown Security throughout a June insist over with to the border which reveals the company reallocating $10 million from FEMA to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and, to a lesser extent, the U.S. Secret Provider.

Well, these to come in the appropriations process, something that we have had a challenge with Congress just passing budgets. One of the people responsible for this transfer is Kansas 3rd District Rep. Kevin Yoder, who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the Department of Homeland Security budget. FEMA's funding for disaster response is in a separate, $25 billion account, the agency said.

Previous year the USA dealt with multiple hurricanes making landfall and causing destruction in their wake.

Federal Emergency Management Agency staff members assist survivors of Hurricane Maria in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, on October 2, 2017. Additionally, Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in August and Hurricane Irma struck Florida in September, leaving FEMA stretched thin.

"Democrats like Kevin's opponent would rather see ICE abolished and money spent on paper clips and staplers.than on keeping our nation safe", the campaign said in a statement.

"This is yet another example of the Trump administration's outrageously misplaced homeland security priorities".

Mary Small: I think that that is really missing the point and frankly, just parsing words.

CNN received a copy of the document from Merkley's office.

He based his claim on a 39-page Department of Homeland Security transfer and reprogramming report dated August 31.

"Without the transfers and reprogramming identified in this notification, ICE will not be able to fulfill its adult detention requirements in [fiscal year] 2018", the document reads.

The precise timing of the reallocation is unclear, as the document, which refers to Fiscal Year 2018, does not include an exact date. The transfer of almost $10 million from FEMA ignited public outrage as the southeastern United States braces for a powerful hurricane, Florence, and the likelihood of a costly response and cleanup effort. "At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific", DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton told Politico in a statement.

Officials said that without the additional funds, they may have to suspend deportations and arrests for people who are deemed "threats to public safety", according to The Post.

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