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Money was also taken from other agencies, including millions from the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard, to help ICE, the document states.

The Department of Homeland Security, which includes both FEMA and ICE, told Congress that ICE needed an extra $200 million to cover the costs of detaining and deporting more migrants than the agency had expected. "DHS/FEMA stand fiscally and operationally ready to support current and future response and recovery needs". FEMA spokeswoman Jenny Burke tweeted on Wednesday. "It has been no secret that President Trump's obsession with his wall, mass deportation and indiscriminate detention of children comes at a hefty price.and now our Eastern Coast is left even more vulnerable in the path of Hurricane Florence".

Merkley's staff tells ABC News it was a "complete mischaracterization" and that the separate Merkley staffer who spoke with FEMA was "acknowledging that Merkley was on TV discussing this topic and that he took very seriously the dramatic funding switch from FEMA to ICE detention centers, and that that money could have been used in much more productive ways".

"This is a scandal", Merkley said in a statement.

While it's not uncommon for agencies to move money around, FEMA's budget was decimated previous year due to the barrage of storms and fires that affected the nation and the agency was criticized heavily for its handling of the disaster in Puerto Rico. And for what? To implement their profoundly misguided "zero-tolerance" policy.

"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.

Ahead of the hurricane season, the Trump administration appears to have diverted almost $10 million from the FEMA budget to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pay for immigration detention centers, according to newly released documents.

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"This is not going to be a storm we recover from in days", Byard said at FEMA's headquarters in Washington.

"Without the transfers and reprogramming identified in this notification, ICE will not be able to fulfill its adult detention requirements in [fiscal year] 2018", the document reads.

But Trump's zeal to build up funding for a law enforcement agency notorious for civil rights violations and abuse of immigrants is disturbing, particularly since Congress deliberately sets ICE's funding where it is to make them prioritize enforcement properly.

These new limitations, the department warns, "would pose a significant risk to public safety and national security by permitting known offenders to remain at large". "I think what the American people would like to hear is what can we learn from Puerto Rico, from the Virgin Islands and from Texas, so we can do it better", he said.

Long said he and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, plan to brief President Donald Trump about the emergency Tuesday afternoon. Other agencies had money moved around. "Bottom line is if we made a mistakes on how a program is run, we'll work with OIG to get those corrected", Long said.

FEMA director of external affairs Jessica Nalepa said any questions regarding an investigation should be directed to the DHS IG, adding FEMA "fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG".

In the funding request, officials said they anticipated deporting more than 253,000 immigrants during the next fiscal year, which goes from October 1 to September 30, 2019.


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