Sen. Jeff Merkley: Trump Shorting Disaster Funding To Pay For Immigrant Detention

Chris Kleponis  ZUMA Press  Newscom

Chris Kleponis ZUMA Press Newscom

The document also shows that the Department of Homeland Security transferred money from accounts at Customs and Border Protection that pays for border fencing and technology. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, it was revealed on Tuesday evening.

A senior official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the agency is well positioned to respond to Hurricane Florence, despite a report that almost $10 million was transferred this summer to help boost U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The document shows the money is coming from the budget for travel, training, public engagement and IT instead of disaster relief.

The Department of Homeland Security, which includes both FEMA and ICE, told Congress that ICE needed an extra $200 million to cover the costs of detaining and deporting more migrants than the agency had expected.

The president has already declared states of emergency for regions in the path of the storm, clearing the way for immediate federal assistance, but some lawmakers worry about how the transfer of funds could impact the agency's ability to respond to multiple disasters back to back like we saw in 2017.

According to a copy of the document obtained by CNN, the money transfer amounts to less than 1% of FEMA's overall $1.03 billion budget.

DHS is required to issue Home and Senate subcommittees going by means of save of beginning security for reprogramming of funds in rather more than $5 million, which is why this "reprogramming notification" used to be sent to these committees.

But FEMA Administrator Brock Long also said the agency was facing an unprecedented workload that included the three catastrophic hurricanes, historic wildfires in California and dozens of other disasters.

A year ago the USA dealt with multiple hurricanes making landfall and causing destruction in their wake. He linked the transfer of funds to the zero-tolerance policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May.

'I believe this movement of funds was within the flexibility the administration has, ' Merkley noted.

Mary Small: I think that that is really missing the point and frankly, just parsing words. Bustle also reached out to Merkley's office for comment.

"We're ready. FEMA is ready". Without the transfer, the document notes, "ICE will not be able to fulfill its adult detention requirements in FY 2018".

Maddow reported that the $9.8 million would help ICE with border security, including building new detention centers, even while admitting that DHS said that the transfer of funds from one agency operating budget to another agency is governed by law.

The New York Times declared: $10 Million From FEMA Diverted to Pay for Immigration Detention Centers, Document Shows.

'The safety of the American people is my absolute highest priority.

Long said the inspector general was looking into vehicle usage, but he didn't confirm that the review concerned his use of an official vehicle.

Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday and was packing deadly winds of 130 miles per hour, but it is expected to strengthen and turn into "an extremely risky major hurricane" on Thursday night before making landfall.

"FEMA and first responders are out there", Trump said. Some areas could get deluged with 20 inches of rain.

"My pledge to each of you is that my administration will not rest until you have the resources, the tools, and the authorities you need to do your job, and do it properly and do it strong", he said.

After months without power or clean water and an official death count of almost 3,000 dead.

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