Administration Diverts Nearly $10 Million From FEMA to ICE

NPR: “This summer, the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million away from the agency that responds to disasters and emergencies, redirecting it toward one of President Trump’s top priorities — the deportation of undocumented residents of the U.S.

The funds transfer is prompting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cut back on training, IT security and infrastructure investments, according to a document sent to Congress and released by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.”

“Now our Eastern Coast is left even more vulnerable in the path of Hurricane Florence,” said Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Homeland Security subcommittee.

“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.”

“Among other things, it redirected $9.75 million from FEMA’s regional operations, response and recovery, mitigation, mission support and law enforcement training budgets. ”

MORE: It’s not just FEMA: ICE quietly got an extra $200 million (Source: CNN)

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