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Trump to Divert FEMA and Other Federal Funds to Pay for Contested Immigration Plans

HeadlineAug 28, 2019

The Trump administration plans to shift over $270 million of federal funds — including at least $155 million from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund — to help pay for its highly contested “Remain in Mexico” policy. The funds would pay for temporary courts on the southern border to hear cases of asylum seekers who have been forced to return to Mexico while their cases proceed through the U.S. legal system. The money will also be used to add nearly 7,000 more spaces to immigration prisons.

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