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)
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.
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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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.
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.