Documents show FEMA funds are going to Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Chris Kleponis  ZUMA Press  Newscom

Chris Kleponis ZUMA Press Newscom

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

The transfer occurred earlier this summer and such transfers between government agencies are not unusual. "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".

"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.

The "response and recovery" category contains about 21 percent of FEMA's operations budget- about $223 million - does non-public a more instruct characteristic in paying for catastrophe efforts. Jeff Merkley of OR, who publicized the documents during an appearance on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Tuesday evening.

"If the Congress approves the request, ICE would have the funding for operations necessary to support and increase staffing and operations as the DHS secretary determines to be appropriate", Katie Waldman, a spokesperson for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement.

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The Department of Homeland Security transferred $169 million from other agencies to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the detention and removal of migrants this year, according to a document sent to Congress by DHS.

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.

THE WORLD: Mary, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security have both insisted this $10 million comes from nonoperational areas of FEMA's budget, specifically training, travel, public engagement and IT.

The administration says its top priority remains deporting criminals, but ICE and other immigration agencies are increasingly under fire for targeting immigrants with nocriminal records and for splitting up families at the border without a plan to reunite them.

The "monster", as Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina labeled the storm gathering strength off the southeastern Atlantic coast, threatens enormous damage and a replay of last year's devastating hurricane season, in which FEMA was woefully unprepared for the catastrophe that befell Puerto Rico, according to an after-action report by the agency.

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The precise timing of the reallocation is unclear, as the document, which refers to Fiscal Year 2018, does not include an exact date.

"FEMA and first responders are out there", Trump said. It shows the money came from FEMA's operational account. They do support his assertion that it has "Response and Recovery right on it".

"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", he said.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo is seen inside press conference room, May 11, 2017, at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Sure enough, the documents were released just days before Hurricane Florence is expected to pound the Carolinas, leading to the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.

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"We're ready. FEMA is ready". Almost 3,000 people died in the storm and its aftermath. "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.

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