Hurricane Florence: Trump Moved $10M From FEMA to ICE

Leroy Wright
September 16, 2018

Number two, the $10 million represents less than one percent of FEMA's operations budget.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, is feuding with the Trump administration over what he says used to be its execrable shift of $10 million from FEMA to immigration enforcement - funds he talked about must be mature for catastrophe reduction.

Merkley says this cash used to be redirected to back toughen the family separation policy. "On the beginning of hurricane season-when American electorate in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are restful plagued by FEMA's inadequate recovery efforts-the administration transferred millions of bucks remote from FEMA", Merkley talked about in a paper commentary launched Tuesday evening - aspects he reiterated in an interview Wednesday morning. And for what? To implement their profoundly misguided "zero-tolerance" policy. "This is a sorry attempt to push a false agenda at a time when the administration is focused on assisting millions on the East Coast facing a catastrophic disaster", Tyler Q. Houlton, DHS spokesman, said on Twitter on Wednesday. Watch above, via MSNBC. In Puerto Rico, where the estimated death toll from Hurricane Maria has ranged as high as 5,000, the Government Accountability Office said the agency's poor response was compounded by a failure to deploy enough qualified staff.

Merkley's office provided a Homeland Security transfer and reprogramming notification document that showed the money was transferred.

Merkley contradicted the spokesperson's defense, saying that the documents list the money as coming from FEMA's "response and recovery" line, and he added that the decision seems especially misguided as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolina coast.

In the documents, it is stated FEMA "will curtail training, travel and public engagement in response to the cuts".

The document suggests the most recent transfers were at least partly a result of "increasing operational demands".

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In a briefing Wednesday, a FEMA response and recovery official told reporters the agency has "plenty of resources" to respond to to the storm, now approaching the Carolinas and Georgia.

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas, newly released documents show the Trump Administration took money away from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies to pay for immigration detention centers.

"Under no circumstances was any disaster relief funding transferred from @fema to immigration enforcement efforts".

DHS and ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the overruns.

But while FEMA officials issued dire warnings about the days ahead, President Donald Trump insisted-despite what Merkley's documents show-that the White House is "sparing no expense" and is "totally prepared" for the storm. "We're ready. We're able".

After Republican and Democratic leaders agreed to postpone a fight on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Democrat McCaskill leads Republican Hawley by 3 points in Missouri Senate race Pence cancels trip to Georgia after Hurricane Florence path changes Trump's school safety commission will not support age limits for gun purchases: report MORE's long-sought border wall with a series of spending bills, ICE reportedly made the request again, according to The Post. He also used the occasion to trumpet as an "incredible, unsung success" his administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which caused almost 3,000 deaths on Puerto Rico, a USA territory already badly damaged by Hurricane Irma weeks earlier.

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