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Report: Trump Moves Nearly $10 Million From Fema Budget

by Axios | Updated on 9.12.18

Countable asks: What do you make of this transfer of funds from FEMA to ICE? Big deal? Much ado about nothing? Hit Take Action to tell your reps, then share your thoughts below. (Via: Axios)


MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday that the Trump administration transferred $9.8 million from FEMA's budget to ICE, citing budget documents provided by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

The big picture: The slash in funding comes as the East Cost braces for Hurricane Florence, which threatens to wreak havoc within days, with two other tropical systems on the horizon. The Department of Homeland Security quickly followed up in a tweet refuting the claims, saying "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."


The details: Maddow said the funds may be used for additional detention camps and added that DHS did not immediately dispute the authenticity of the document. "Instead [a spokesperson] told us that the money didn't come from any of our disaster response and recovery efforts, but again, it appears that it did come from FEMA," she explained.

  • Sen. Merkley, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee said the administration has the ability to transfer funds, but it would need to inform Congress. And if the amount is over $5 million, it would have to notify the committee chair.

DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton went on to explain, "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 at a time when the administration is focused on assisting millions on the East Coast facing a catastrophic disaster."

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect DHS' response.

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  • Jennifer
    09/13/2018
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    So it matters not to the DJT haters whether the money transferred could be or could NOT be used for disaster relief. The FEMA Director said that it couldn’t. I think I’ll believe him over Rachel Maddow And obviously, most have never worked for govn’t or under govn’t grants. Federal funds are often earmarked. I only had to see the source: Rachel Maddow, has to be one of the biggest conspiracy promoters out there. Grow up and get over yourselves. It’s all getting very tiring.

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  • Clint
    09/12/2018
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    This president and the Republican Party would rather lock up children and their families than help children and their families rebuild after a disaster. We saw what they did with Puerto Rico. Why be surprised. He’s a reality tv personality who cares for no one or anything but himself. HINDSIGHT IS 20/20.

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  • Samuel
    09/12/2018
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    They are absolutely corrupt 😖😖😖

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  • Lois
    09/12/2018
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    Money for FEMA stays with FEMA...no moving of dollars by D Trump to ICE.

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  • Poli.Sci
    09/13/2018
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    When FEMA gets billions of dollars in its budget and only used 75% of it and then throws the rest away for stupid projects, i would allocate $10 million for border police and immigration control as well.

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  • Jeffrey
    09/13/2018
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    FEMA is only needed some of the time, ICE is 24/7/365!

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  • Jamie
    09/12/2018
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    Sounds like DHS is splitting hairs. Why isn’t the pro-life party up in arms over this? They’re defunding a lifesaving agency in order to lock up children at the border? I’d love to hear their moral argument for that one.

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  • Marylynn
    09/12/2018
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    He needs to move it right back to FEMA and dig it out of some other source, like his own bank account. He's essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul. Who the hell does he think he is, certainly not the big wheeler, dealer he claims to be.

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  • Fg
    09/13/2018
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    Fake news. What’s the whole story

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  • Dicr
    09/12/2018
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    What do you expect from a racist who has no concern for human life but only driving his hate agenda.

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  • Mary
    09/13/2018
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    Ordinary American citizens will suffer while Trump punishes people of color.

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  • Sarah
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    We need more money in FEMA. Expecally if the POTUS is not going to take action on climate change. Hurricane Micheal is just another example of why we should not taking money from FEMA, but in stead give more money to FEMA.

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  • Annetta
    10/07/2018
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    Trump has no foresight into the Future. He is very small minded. His administration finally is believing in global warming, god forbid we don't have another disaster 🙄

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  • Mrbenn
    09/18/2018
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    Shameful and crazy

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  • Robin
    09/14/2018
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    This is outrageous!

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  • Teralyn
    09/13/2018
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    This is not cool at all! Just take them to shelters where they would be safe and cared for!

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  • Stallion
    09/13/2018
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    No surprise here. This guy does what he wants and does not follow procedure. What other moneys has he shell gamed ?

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  • BIGDADDY
    09/13/2018
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    Big freaking deal!! FEMA gets an annual budget of $15 billion. $10 million is just pocket change.

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  • lionhart2x
    09/13/2018
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    This is so disgusting it deserves to be front and center in Congress.

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  • Felice
    09/13/2018
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    It’s not true.

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