Trump Administration allocated FEMA millions to housing migrants

The Trump Administration allocated $271 million from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to housing migrants and buildings for their hearings. $155 million of that money from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be invested in payments for temporary court hearings of people who had to wait for accommodation in Mexico, a letter from Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard to DHS’s acting chief states. $166 million from DHS and FEMA will be redistributed to fund of additional U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds.

The Congress was aware of redistribution as the Administration states that it can exchange funds because the federal lawmakers have not provided for the beds that should have been included into a draft law on an emergency spending bill for the U.S.’s southern border that was declared in June and signed by Donald Trump on July 1.

According to the law, $116 million had been invested in Coast Guard operations and cyber security within the frameworks of Homeland Security funding.

Divert funds depends on the progress of Tropical Storm Dorian and nears Puerto Rico areas that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Lucille Roybal-Allard officially opposed to the transfers in a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

«It is of great concern that during the course of this administration, there has been a growing disconnect between the will of Congress, as represented by ICE funding levels in enacted appropriations bills signed by the president, and the department’s immigration enforcement operations, which often lack justification,» she wrote.

She further claimed that the department «provided no substantiation» to support its claim that the diversions are necessary and said the authorization under which it can transfer appropriations is intended «to allow the Department to respond to unforeseen events and circumstances, not to routinely augment an appropriation.»  

«The Department has now placed the renewal of that authority in jeopardy,» she concluded.

Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website