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  Trump Administration Diverted $10 Million From FEMA To Fund ICE's Immigration Crackdown
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Last EditedRP  Sep 12, 2018 06:23am
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AuthorChantal Da Silva
News DateWednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Trump administration diverted nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's budget to support the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's crackdown on undocumented immigrants, a document revealed on Tuesday shows.

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) released the document on Tuesday, asserting that the Trump administration took $9,755,303 away from FEMA's budget earlier this summer, just ahead of hurricane season, to support ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations [ERO] team, which is responsible for overseeing the arrests and deportations of immigrants determined to be in the U.S. illegally.

"As Hurricane Florence bears down, I discovered today that the Trump administration is taking money away from FEMA so that they can pay to put more asylum seekers in detention," Merkley said in a tweet. "This is a scandal," he added.
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