ICE took $169 million from FEMA, TSA, others to fund migrant detention
ICE took $169 million from FEMA, TSA, others to fund migrant detention
16 September, 2018, 00:00
Well, that didn't stop him from pulling almost $10 million from this year's FEMA budget, right at the beginning of hurricane season, to help fund ICE.
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.
But Merkley did concede that the transfer of funds was legal.
At a Wednesday morning briefing, FEMA Administrator Jeff Byard said the agency has "plenty of resources both monetary, staff and commodities" to respond to approaching Hurricane Florence, which is set to reach the Carolinas on Thursday evening. And for what? To implement their profoundly misguided "zero-tolerance" policy. Watch above, via MSNBC.
The department has the authority to move funds around internally with the approval of Congress and transfers are not unusual. Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley first made the budget adjustment documents public, and has called the transfer a "scandal".
On Wednesday, FEMA director Brock Long told Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, that none of the $10 million transferred from FEMA to ICE came from the Disaster Relief Fund, saying that Merkley was "playing politics" ahead of Hurricane Florence.
The document, which was released by the office of Senator Jeff Merkley, of OR, shows that the money would come from FEMA's operations and support budget and was transferred into accounts at ICE to pay for detention and removal operations.
"Under no circumstances was any disaster relief funding transferred from @fema to immigration enforcement efforts".
However, the document from the Department of Homeland Security specifically mentions the money would come from the agency's budgets for travel, training, public engagement and information technology work.
At a news conference at FEMA'sWashington headquarters about the impending hurricane, officials said the agency was properly funded and prepared, and it was most important to focus on the upcoming storm, which could do catastrophic damage. "DHS/FEMA stand fiscally and operationally ready to support current and future response and recovery needs".
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The agency said it is prepared for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit North and SC, and Virginia on Thursday or Friday.
DHS and ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the overruns.
"We always plan one category higher than what's anticipated, and the main primary driver of the evacuations is coastal storm surge, flood inundation, wind-driven water coming up on shore", said Long.
New data show that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the hurricane and many people continue to live without power on the island. 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 US territory already badly damaged by Hurricane Irma weeks earlier.
United States media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs. In Pender County, a woman died from a heart attack after paramedics were not able to get to her.
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He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet. Governor Cooper said there have been "several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to".
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Even if the system doesn't develop into a cyclone, it's expected to increase chances of rain in the area for Friday and Saturday. According to the latest Hurricane Florence satellite images, the massive storm is now heading towards North and SC and Virginia.
The news is a bitter blow for boss Mauricio Pochettino , who was hopeful of selecting the pair for this weekend. Spurs plan to fine the France star £250,000 - two weeks' wages - following his court hearing on Wednesday.
The entire coastlines of North and SC , in addition to some parts of southeastern Virginia, are under a mandatory evacuation plan. The port in Charleston, South Carolina, though, was suspending operations from Thursday through Saturday and possibly on Sunday.
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