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Trump Moved FEMA Funds to ICE at Start of Hurricane Season

  • Senator calls June move of $10 million to ICE ‘a scandal’
  • DHS denies the FEMA money was meant for hurricane response
Plywood protects windows and doors of a property ahead of Hurricane Florence in Carolina Beach, North Carolina on Sept. 11, 2018.

Plywood protects windows and doors of a property ahead of Hurricane Florence in Carolina Beach, North Carolina on Sept. 11, 2018.

Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg

The Trump administration shifted nearly $10 million from the federal agency in charge of hurricane and natural disaster response at the start of hurricane season to help fund the enforcement of immigration policies.

The transfer of funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was to help the Immigration and Customs Enforcement with detention and removal of undocumented immigrants, according to documents the Department of Homeland Security submitted to members of Congress.