Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Document shows ICE got almost $10 million from FEMA, senator says

FEMA Says It’s Ready for Hurricane Florence, Defends 2017 Response Doc Shows Trump Transferred $10M From FEMA To ICE
Deanna Wagner | 14 September, 2018, 19:47

"Right now about all I'm doing when I think about FEMA is thinking about the potential impact of the current hurricane; we're still recovering from Hurricane Matthew", Sen.

Long did not respond to Politico's request for comment.

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

Where did that money come from?

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. Connolly accused the president of "putting lives at risk in the middle of hurricane season".

The Post noted that ICE asked Congress to place the $1 billion in funding in the continuing resolution. In addition to the $9.8 million in FEMA money that ended up funding things like "Detention Beds" and ICE's "Transportation and Removal Program", DHS redirected tens of millions from other agencies. And that's not counting the disaster relief budget at all, which has $25 billion in it, DHS says.

Recent statistics show the administration is on track this year to deport substantially more than the 226,000 immigrants deported in 2017, though final numbers won't be available for several weeks.

Merkley's communications director Ray Zaccaro slammed the President for "stripping money from FEMA to pay for locking up families at the border" in a statement issued Wednesday.

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Conservative MEPs who backed the measures celebrated the move for "at last catching up with the digital age". Many of Parliament's groups were split on the vote, including the ECR.

Numerous transfers came from key national security programs, including $1.8 million from the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, $9.8 million from FEMA, $29 million from the U.S. Coast Guard and more than $34 million from several TSA programs.

The almost $10 million was taken from various places within FEMA, including training, preparedness and protection, and response and recovery operations.

Small's organization provided Merkley with the DHS document.

Doesn't Congress get a say how money is spent?

According to Politico, Long's taxpayer-funded travel has become the subject of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general, who took notice after a government vehicle was involved in an accident while in Long's use.

A department making a transfer like this is then required to notify the chairmen of the relevant congressional appropriations subcommittees.

Other Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee, which oversees FEMA, also weighed in on the matter. Both signed off on the reallocation, Republican and Democratic aides told CNN.