It's not just FEMA: ICE quietly got an extra $200 million

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Any way you cut it though, the $9.8 million slash in FEMA's budget amounts to slightly less than 1% of the agency's previous $1.03 billion spending budget, meaning that it probably won't have much impact, if any, on future hurricane relief.

The budget documents, first made public by Senator Jeff Merkley (D) OR on Tuesday show the transfer would help fund immigration detention centers, and $4 million of which taken directly from FEMA's response and recovery OR preparedness and protection categories.

Merkley says this money was redirected to help support the family separation policy.

"$10 million comes out of FEMA when we're facing a hurricane season knowing what's happened past year", Merkley added. And for what? To implement their profoundly misguided "zero-tolerance" policy.

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, bashed Merkley's claims as "a sorry attempt to push a false agenda".

The story broke Tuesday night on MSBNC's "The Rachel Maddow Show", when Sen. Watch above, via MSNBC.

On Thursday, she attacked Yoder for the FEMA fund transfer.

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

DHS is required to issue Home and Senate subcommittees going by means of save of beginning security for reprogramming of funds in rather more than $5 million, which is why this "reprogramming notification" used to be sent to these committees.

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The transfer of funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was to help the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with detention and removal of undocumented immigrants, according to documents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted to members of Congress.

Houlton said the $10 million was taken from FEMA's "routine operating accounts" and was money that could not be used for disaster relief.

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.

The Department of Homeland Security pushed back against Merkley's claims on Wednesday, saying that the funds were unspent money from operational accounts for training, office supplies and headquarters costs, which can not be spent on disaster response, according to The Associated Press.

Trump said on Tuesday that the government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for the hurricane bearing down on the Carolinas.

But officials and advocates say the request is a sign that the Trump administration is forging ahead with his hard-line immigration platform and will use it to rally support for Republican candidates in the November midterm elections.

"It would not attain out of the catastrophe reduction fund that funds all the pieces unhurried me and within the field so or not it is some distance a non-voice for us at this moment", administrator Brock Lengthy talked about this morning on ABC's "Beneficial Morning The United States", gesturing to staff at computer systems at FEMA headquarters in Washington.

"The bottom line is, I'm asking people to heed all the warnings that are put forward", said Long, adding the storm could make landfall as a category four or five storm. "We are ready for the big one that is coming!" 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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