Trump Administration Accused of Diverting $10 Million From FEMA to ICE: ‘This is a Scandal’


As a powerful hurricane makes its way toward the Carolinas, one Senator is accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of taking money earmarked for FEMA and diverting it to ICE.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) posted a document to Twitter which shows that $9.75 million in funds designated for FEMA was transferred to ICE to help finance immigrant detention and deportation.

“This is a scandal,” Merkley said in a statement provided to HuffPost. “At the start of hurricane season — when American citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. 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.”

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, bashed Merkley’s claims as “a sorry attempt to push a false agenda.”

Merkley appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday night to detail his claims. Watch above, via MSNBC.

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