Trump moves nearly $10 million from FEMA budget to boost funding for ICE

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday that the Trump administration transferred $9.8 million from FEMA's budget to ICE to fund additional detention camps, citing budget documents provided by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

The timing: The slash in funding comes as the East Cost braces for Hurricane Florence, which threatens to wreak havoc within days, with two other tropical systems on the horizon.

The details: Maddow said the Department of Homeland Security did not dispute the authenticity of the document. "Instead [a spokesperson] told us that the money didn't come from any of our disaster response and recovery efforts, but again, it appears that it did come from FEMA," she explained.
  • Sen. Merkley, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee said the administration has the ability to transfer funds, but it would need to inform Congress. And if the amount is over $5 million, it would have to notify the committee chair.

Report: Trump moves nearly $10 million from FEMA budget

I am literally at a lost for words on how screwed up this is. I'm pretty sure the people in N. Carolina are going to need that 10 million dollars, considering the forecast is for one of the worst hurricanes in modern times. You have to wonder why the FEMA director didn't appear to do anything to stop this outrageous move.
 

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This is buried by "incredibly successful" RE: Hurricane Maria, and it has to be. There's only so much bandwidth and we have to pick which outrage is the most important of the day. It's ridiculous, it's disgraceful, it makes you feel depressed that we are reduced to this — a situation where the scandals of the President of the United States run a serious risk of cancelling each other out — but it's real.

3,000 Americans died, the lights were off for more than a year. The president calls that a success. That's what we need to talk about.
 
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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday that the Trump administration transferred $9.8 million from FEMA's budget to ICE to fund additional detention camps, citing budget documents provided by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

The timing: The slash in funding comes as the East Cost braces for Hurricane Florence, which threatens to wreak havoc within days, with two other tropical systems on the horizon.

The details: Maddow said the Department of Homeland Security did not dispute the authenticity of the document. "Instead [a spokesperson] told us that the money didn't come from any of our disaster response and recovery efforts, but again, it appears that it did come from FEMA," she explained.
  • Sen. Merkley, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee said the administration has the ability to transfer funds, but it would need to inform Congress. And if the amount is over $5 million, it would have to notify the committee chair.

Report: Trump moves nearly $10 million from FEMA budget

I am literally at a lost for words on how screwed up this is. I'm pretty sure the people in N. Carolina are going to need that 10 million dollars, considering the forecast is for one of the worst hurricanes in modern times. You have to wonder why the FEMA director didn't appear to do anything to stop this outrageous move.
How large is FEMA's budget? What percentage of that is for disaster relief?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. FEMA can trace its beginnings to the Congressional Act of 1803.Mar 26, 2018

Annual budget$13.9 billion (2016)
 
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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday that the Trump administration transferred $9.8 million from FEMA's budget to ICE to fund additional detention camps, citing budget documents provided by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

The timing: The slash in funding comes as the East Cost braces for Hurricane Florence, which threatens to wreak havoc within days, with two other tropical systems on the horizon.

The details: Maddow said the Department of Homeland Security did not dispute the authenticity of the document. "Instead [a spokesperson] told us that the money didn't come from any of our disaster response and recovery efforts, but again, it appears that it did come from FEMA," she explained.
  • Sen. Merkley, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee said the administration has the ability to transfer funds, but it would need to inform Congress. And if the amount is over $5 million, it would have to notify the committee chair.

Report: Trump moves nearly $10 million from FEMA budget

I am literally at a lost for words on how screwed up this is. I'm pretty sure the people in N. Carolina are going to need that 10 million dollars, considering the forecast is for one of the worst hurricanes in modern times. You have to wonder why the FEMA director didn't appear to do anything to stop this outrageous move.
Fire season is still on, here, as well. Did we ever get any help from FEMA this year? How is it more important to imprison non-citizens than to help citizens during natural (or in some cases) arson disasters?
 
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All you liberals need to stop getting your panties all bunched up about this! Our President Donald Trump has just signed an Executive Order declaring that Hurricane Florence will only be allowed to kill illegal aliens on the East Coast, and that if there is any violation of this Executive Order, everyone named Florence in any of the Eastern Coastal states will be rounded up and immediately deported. So this situation is well in hand, and people who are trying to make some big issue out of this are just spreading FAKE NEWS, like all the other folks in the media who are the Enemy of the People.
 
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All you liberals need to stop getting your panties all bunched up about this! Our President Donald Trump has just signed an Executive Order declaring that Hurricane Florence will only be allowed to kill illegal aliens on the East Coast, and that if there is any violation of this Executive Order, everyone named Florence in any of the Eastern Coastal states will be rounded up and immediately deported. So this situation is well in hand, and people who are trying to make some big issue out of this are just spreading FAKE NEWS, like all the other folks in the media who are the Enemy of the People.
I hope he doesn't read this (more like someone reads it to him)...he might actually do just that.
 
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How large is FEMA's budget? What percentage of that is for disaster relief?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. FEMA can trace its beginnings to the Congressional Act of 1803.Mar 26, 2018

Annual budget$13.9 billion (2016)
BS He did it to avoid congressional oversight. Maybe that amount was the ONLY amount he was allowed to appropriate. At a time?
 
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I hope he doesn't read this (more like someone reads it to him)...he might actually do just that.
Well, don't worry; there's hardly anyone named 'Florence' around anymore, anyhow. That name fell out of popularity LONG ago. Almost as unpopular as 'Adolf', though who knows the hell why....
 
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Well, don't worry; there's hardly anyone named 'Florence' around anymore, anyhow. That name fell out of popularity LONG ago. Almost as unpopular as 'Adolf', though who knows the hell why?
And, by the way, now that we're naming hurricanes after men, too, there's no good reason why we can't have a Hurricane Adolf sometime, you know...…...
 
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