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Trump Administration Accused of Diverting $10 Million From FEMA to ICE

FEMA Says It’s Ready for Hurricane Florence, Defends 2017 Response Doc Shows Trump Transferred $10M From FEMA To ICE
Pablo Mccormick | 16 September, 2018, 00:01

This summer, the Trump administration transferred almost $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. One of the people responsible for this transfer is Kansas 3rd District Rep. Kevin Yoder, who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the Department of Homeland Security budget.

This time - as Hurricane Florence and a series of other storms barrel toward the USA - the Department of Homeland Security division charged with responding to disasters says it's prepared even as the agency defends its 2017 response. 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.

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.

The latest monthly report on the Disaster Relief Fund shows more than $26.5 billion in the account as of August 31.

Deadly Florence trudges inland in Carolinas with 'epic' rain, flooding
As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC , the National Hurricane Center said . North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches.

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. DHS said the money came from an operations account, which the spokesperson said covers everything from training to office supplies and "cannot be used for disaster response". DHS/FEMA stand fiscally and operationally ready to support current and future response and recovery needs, ' he added.

The senator, who sits on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, said that the way he reads the documents, the money did come from dollars that could be spent on disasters response.

"It wasn't enough to crawl 1000's of early life out of the hands of their fogeys-the administration chose to in part pay for this horrific program by eradicating from the flexibility to answer to effort from this year's upcoming and doubtlessly devastating hurricane season", he talked about. "And look what we've had since, a hurricane just barely miss Hawaii". "We are going to see more storms, we're going to see fiercer storms, and so it's absolutely critical that when Congress designates these funds for hurricane preparedness, that's what they are used for".

Under no circumstances was any disaster relief funding transferred from @fema to immigration enforcement efforts. "This is a sorry attempt to push a false agenda".

NASA posts incredible video of Hurricane Florence from space
Hurricane Florence has strengthened to a category 4 storm , and it's on a path to potentially cause serious damage in North and SC .

The administration says its top priority remains deporting criminals, but ICE and other immigration agencies are increasingly under fire for targeting immigrants with nocriminal records and for splitting up families at the border without a plan to reunite them.

"The power is going to be off for weeks and you will be displaced from your home and the coastal areas", Long said.

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. Bennie Thompson, ranking member of the committee, said in a statement Wednesday. But news of it comes as the National Weather Service warns that Hurricane Florence "will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast".

"What I think all of us want to hear from the administration is not what the president says is an A+ performance, which it clearly wasn't, but what went wrong", Merkley said, referring to a quote by President Trump Tuesday that the response to Hurricane Maria was an "unsung success". "The federal government has people and supplies in Guam, Hawaii, and along the East coast from SC to Pennsylvania, but this will take all levels of government, the private sector, and individuals". The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall in North Carolina Thursday and may be the costliest hurricane in US history.

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