Trump will use disaster and cybersecurity funds for immigrant detention centers
Donald Trump continues to manage the budget of the federal Administration at will and has allocated $ 271 million destined to disasters and cybersecurity to pay for immigration related facilities, as reported Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a relevant Democratic spokesman for Congress.
The money, which also went to the United States Coast Guard, will be used to pay detention centers and courts for immigrants arriving at the border between the United States and Mexico.
Trump wants to avoid going through Congress to transfer money originally designated for other programs. This will allow the Government to retain immigrants arriving at the border, part of the president's promise to keep them in custody while awaiting trial.
The Administration plans to use $ 115 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief fund just when hurricane season arrives to the Atlantic Ocean, according to a letter from the congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who chairs the congressional panel that oversees DHS.
DHS noted that Congress did not provide sufficient funds for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) to detain adults while they wait for an immigration judge to hear their cases.
Congress allocated $ 2.8 billion to pay 52,000 beds this year, but ICE currently holds more than 55,000 migrants, a record number, according to agency statistics.
"Once again, DHS has ignored the agreement negotiated with Congress by greatly exceeding the amount allocated for immigration expulsion and enforcement operations, "said Roybal-Allard.
The president of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Hairsi, has urged the Trump Administration to reconsider the change in funds.
"Stealing appropriate funds is always unacceptable, but choosing disaster relief funds to fund a terrible and inhuman family incarceration plan is amazing, and doing it on the eve of hurricane season is incredibly reckless, "Pelosi said in a statement.
FEMA spokeswoman, Lizzie Litzow, has indicated that the reduction of funds will not affect the preparation efforts or other functions for which the money was allocated.
Trump has turned the repression of legal and illegal immigration into a hallmark of his presidency after campaigning in 2016 with the promise, so far unfulfilled, that Mexico would pay a border wall to prevent migrants from entering the United States.