Trump's DHS shifted almost $10 million from FEMA to ICE

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In step with a FY2019 breakdown of FEMA spending, about forty six percent of the company's billion-greenback operations budget supports FEMA headquarters process bask in policy trend, strategic planning and more administrative ideas including IT, security and records management.

While all of this is happening, President Trump has apparently been diverting funds away from FEMA and to ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement), according to a document released by Senator Jeff Merkley on Tuesday.

"This is a scandal", Merkley said in a statement provided to HuffPost.

Merkely said he believes the budgeting reallocation happened in response to the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, which was rolled out earlier this year.

Tyler Q. Houlton, a homeland security spokesman, said on Twitter that Merkley's revelation was 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". Watch above, via MSNBC.

Funds are regularly transferred among government departments.

Some of the $10 million was coming from FEMA categories including "Response and Recovery", "Mitigation" and "Preparedness and Protection" - categories that, while sounding as if they would involve hurricane response, do not.

Merkley, who is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee but does not sit on the Homeland Security subcommittee, nevertheless acquired a copy of the document describing the transfer and released it on Tuesday.

A DHS spokesperson acknowledged the funds had been redirected but said the transfer didn't jeopardize FEMA's relief efforts.

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DHS also transferred, per NBC News, $33 million from other programs within ICE to the agency's detention and removal operations.

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

"We have plenty of resources, both monetary, staff and commodities, to respond to the storm", Jeff Byard, FEMA's associate administrator for the Office and Response and Recovery, told reporters during a morning briefing as Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolina coast. Homeland Security officials said the account supports FEMA headquarters operational expenses and can not be used for disaster response.

He added, "The money in question - transferred to ICE from FEMA's routine operating expenses - could not have been used for hurricane response due to appropriation limitations".

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. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks, as well as the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, reports ABC affiliate WTVD.

A senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Thursday that there is an ongoing Department of Homeland Security inspector general investigation that includes FEMA administrator Brock Long.

Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday and was packing deadly winds of 130 miles per hour, but it is expected to strengthen and turn into "an extremely risky major hurricane" on Thursday night before making landfall. "We're ready. We're able".

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.

Like other left-wing media, the Post's report also trashed the Trump administration's response to last year's hurricane season, saying FEMA was "woefully unprepared" for Maria's hit on Puerto Rico and "low-income" people still need help a year after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas.

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