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

Jul 2011
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.
Notice how the thread fail flat so the left had to change the subject to Puerto Rico and hurricane Maria.


Former Staff
Jan 2008
Wait....there's much more!!

It's not just FEMA: ICE quietly got an extra $200 million

By Tal Kopan, CNN

Updated 6:52 PM ET, Wed September 12, 2018
Washington (CNN)As a potentially catastrophic hurricane bears down on the East Coast of the US, the shifting of $10 million from FEMA's operating budget to fund immigration detention and deportations is drawing condemnation from Democrats.
But that's a drop in the bucket.

FEMA says funding transferred to ICE for detention centers won't harm hurricane response

The Trump administration this summer quietly redirected $200 million from all over the Department of Homeland Security to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, despite repeated congressional warnings of ICE's "lack of fiscal discipline" and "unsustainable" spending.
The Department of Homeland Security asked for the money, according to a document made public this week by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley. Of the $200 million, the document says $93 million will go to immigrant detention, a 3% budget increase that will fund capacity for an additional 2,300 detainees; and $107 million for "transportation and removal," or deportations, a 29% budget increase.

The move comes as the Trump administration has pursued an aggressive immigration agenda, ramping up arrests of undocumented immigrants and deportations.

Regardless of what Trump's FEMA employees were required to say or lose their jobs....FEMA needs every dime it gets from Congress for disaster relief.
Trump should use his own stolen money to build his additional cages for brown babies and toddlers!!
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