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Before Hurricane, Trump Admin Diverted FEMA Money To ICE Baby Jails

 
 
Reply Wed 12 Sep, 2018 12:15 pm
Before Hurricane, Trump Admin Diverted FEMA Money To ICE Baby Jails.

By Doktor Zoom September 12, 2018

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With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, we learned last night that the Department of Homeland Security shifted about $10 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this summer to the far more important work being done by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Because why would you want to blow money on disasters that may not even happen when you could be spending it to build more detention facilities for families caught crossing the border illegally? Oh, sure, many of them may be claiming asylum, but that illegal crossing is a misdemeanor, for which they need to be locked up for years until their cases are decided. Besides, if there's a storm, Donald Trump will show up, throw some paper towels, and declare the federal response a huge success, and you don't need millions of dollars for that.

US Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon dropped the news bomb last night on the Rachel Maddow Show, just hours after Trump had proclaimed his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about," because apparently 3,000 dead people is a terrific outcome, considering it was on an island, which is surrounded by very big water. All in all, Trump said, the administration's handling of Maria was "an incredible, unsung success." Especially if you're a sociopath who knows 30 percent of Americans will agree with whatever insane bullshit you put before them.

Merkley noted that the document -- which he obtained as part of his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee -- appears to show DHS scrambling to shift funds around to pay for the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of jailing as many migrant families as possible, first through taking children away from detained parents, and later by locking up entire families. In a statement, Merkley said,

This is a scandal [...] At the start of hurricane season — when American citizens in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are still suffering from FEMA's inadequate recovery efforts — the administration transferred millions of dollars away from FEMA. And for what? To implement their profoundly misguided 'zero-tolerance' policy. It wasn't enough to rip thousands of children out of the arms of their parents — the administration chose to partly pay for this horrific program by taking away from the ability to respond to damage from this year's upcoming and potentially devastating hurricane season.

A spreadsheet posted to Twitter by Merkley shows funds being transferred from areas like "Preparedness and Protection," "Mission Support," and "Response and Recovery," which sound on paper at least as if they might be kind of useful.

https://www.wonkette.com/hurricanes-who-cares-trump-admin-shifted-funds-from-fema-to-ice-detention



Here's Merkley's appearance on the Maddow program:
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Real Music
 
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Reply Wed 12 Sep, 2018 12:46 pm
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Blickers
 
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Reply Wed 12 Sep, 2018 09:29 pm
@Real Music,
In the last part of WWII, Hitler made sure the trains running Jews to the concentration camps were kept running even as he was losing the war and desperately needed the money for his troops.

Looks like we have a parallel here.
Real Music
 
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Reply Wed 12 Sep, 2018 11:09 pm
@Blickers,
Trump is showing everyone his priorities.
It is definitely not FEMA.
Blickers
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 05:22 am
@Real Music,
No it isn't. His priority is defining who is IN an who is OUT as far as counting for anything in this country. And his self-appointed role is the leader of the INs who let the OUTs know who's boss.
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 08:07 am
...and your priorities seems to be whinging about everything Trump does or says.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 10:36 am
@Blickers,
I am a pro immigrants rights liberal.

This comparison to immigration detention centers to Nazi death camps Is obscene and ridiculous.

There is no comparison. This kind of idiocy makes me ashamed to be a liberal.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 10:40 am
@Real Music,
Is this even a real story. Obama used FEMA funds to address unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

Is this another case where the facts don't match the liberal outrage.
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revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 11:17 am
@McGentrix,
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whinging
New word?
maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 11:54 am
This whole argument seems ridiculous...

How is the use of emergency funds to take care of immigrant kids inappropriate?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 11:59 am
@revelette1,
It's quite common over here and in Oz.

https://pomstarnews.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/pomleft2.jpg?w=500
revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 12:11 pm
@maxdancona,
Number one, it is for Trump/Sessions immigration policies which are too harsh and not run efficiently which is what happens when republicans run the government which they hate.

Number two, FEMA needs those funds with as many natural disasters we have been having this last decade or more.
revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 12:12 pm
@izzythepush,
Figured it must be a new word, silly words have been cropping up a lot lately.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 12:29 pm
@revelette1,
It's been around for quite a long time.
revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 01:06 pm
@izzythepush,
If you say so. shrugs.
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camlok
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 03:29 pm
@revelette1,
The BrE equivalent to whining.
camlok
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 03:32 pm
@revelette1,
Quote:
Figured it must be a new word, silly words have been cropping up a lot lately.


No insult intended, rev, but that is a typical old fart notion. Languages create many new words all the time. Your generation did the same.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 05:29 pm
@revelette1,
This is an ideological narrative, coming from liberals, that doesn't make much sense.

1. These kids are coming alone and they need to be cared for. This takes money. If caring for migrant and refugee children isn't a good use of emergency funds, I don't know what is.

2. Most of these kids are coming alone (without parents). Some of them are being effected by the Trump policy... but most are not.

3. If you were president, you would have this problem... and you would need to set aside money to deal with the immigration crisis. The last several presidents have done just that. I would like to hear what you would do. It is true that Trump's policies are exacerbating the problem... but he didn't cause the problem.

4. The liberal outrage isn't informing anybody. I wonder if anyone from the left on this thread could explain the underlying issue. It isn't a simple problem.

5. This liberal outrage isn't good for the country or for the political left. The left (at least here) is not making an intelligent fact-based discussion on a difficult problem and its solutions.

This is an angry, outraged attack from the left that is obscuring facts and inflaming passions.

What about an intelligent discussion on real solutions to the underlying problem. Does anyone here want to try even explaining what the underlying problem is (hint: Obama had the same problem... it isn't Trump).


Real Music
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 06:15 pm
Document Shows DHS Transferring $29M From Coast Guard To ICE | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Rachel Maddow reports on a DHS document from Senator Merkley that shows nearly $10 million dollars being transferred from FEMA's budget to fund ICE detentions, and $29 million being taken from the Coast Guard, ahead of the 2018 hurricane season. Moira Whelan, a former DHS official, joins to discuss how FEMA budgets its money.

Published on Sep 12, 2018
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Real Music
 
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Reply Thu 13 Sep, 2018 07:30 pm
DHS transferred $169 million from other programs to ICE for migrant detention

DHS pulled extra money for ICE detention and removal of migrants from across the department, including several key national security programs.


by Adiel Kaplan / Sep.13.2018
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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.

Many of the transfers came from key national security programs, including $1.8 million from the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, $9.8 million from FEMA, $29 million from the U.S. Coast Guard and more than $34 million from several TSA programs. DHS also transferred $33 million from other ICE programs to pay for detention and removal, making the total amount of money transferred $202 million.

The FEMA and Coast Guard transfers were first reported by "The Rachel Maddow Show." On Tuesday night, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced on the show that nearly $10 million was moved from FEMA's budget to ICE. The budget document Merkley cited, which was later released and publicized by the DHS Watch program at America's Voice, an advocacy group based in Washington, showed a breakdown of how DHS moved money between different programs and agencies.

The department has the authority to move funds around internally with the approval of Congress and transfers are not unusual. The total DHS budget for fiscal 2018 was $65 billion; FEMA's total budget was $15.5 billion.

DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton tweeted Tuesday night that, "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." He also said that the transferred money came from routine operating expenses and "could not have been used for hurricane response due to appropriation limitations."

On Wednesday, FEMA director Brock Long told Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, that none of the $10 million transferred from FEMA to ICE came from the Disaster Relief Fund, saying that Merkley was "playing politics" ahead of Hurricane Florence.

"Right now, that money has nothing to do with what you see behind us," he said in an interview from the FEMA response center in Washington.

However, money was taken from the response and recovery, preparedness and protection and mission support operations budgets, which are used to prepare for emergencies like Florence. Those FEMA budgets are for "training for all hazards, preparing our warehouses, making sure we have things ready to go so that we can pre-deploy like you see FEMA doing now," Moira Whelan, FEMA's former chief of staff for the office of Gulf Coast rebuilding, told Maddow on Wednesday. "Taking money away from that operation doesn't just harm [FEMA's hurricane response], it harms us with any disaster we face."

DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the other transferred funds.

DHS stated in the document that the transfers to ICE were made due to "increasing operational demands." The transfers were requested so ICE could add more than 2,000 detention center beds on top of 38,000 adult beds it predicted it would need in its initial budget request for the year. Those beds cost an additional $93 million above the allocated budget, according to the document provided to Congress.

The number of detained migrant children in federally contracted shelters has also increased, growing fivefold in the past year, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

ICE also expanded two kinds of flight operations as part of its removal program, increasing the cost of the already $369 million program by $107 million. Its daily air charter services alone increased by 28 percent this year.

The AP reported Wednesday that according to the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, DHS notified Congress on June 30 that it wanted to transfer $200 million from other agencies to ICE, including the funds from FEMA. Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the transfer was approved by the Republican subcommittee chairs and no Democrats signed off on it.

The transfers occurred in August. Ur Jaddou, director of DHS Watch, called the reshuffling of funds an example of "upside down priorities."

Jaddou said the document suggests the Trump administration would rather separate families "and detain and deport parents [than] prepare for hurricanes."

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/dhs-transferred-169-million-other-programs-ice-migrant-detention-n909016
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