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Merkley: Trump Admin Diverted $10M from FEMA to ICE to Build Detention Centers

HeadlineSep 12, 2018

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, Senator Jeff Merkley has released documents showing the Trump administration took nearly $10 million from FEMA—that’s the Federal Emergency Management Agency—and gave it to ICE—the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency—to build more detention centers. This is Senator Jeff Merkley speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Sen. Jeff Merkley: “The administration is working hard to find funds for additional detention camps. And, of course, this is all part of the child separation policy, and that’s how this information came into my hands, because of my work on this issue of trying to stop the child separations. But, in fact—so, $10 million comes out of FEMA when we’re facing a hurricane season, knowing what happened last year.”

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