Just Ahead of Hurricane Florence, Trump Diverts $10 Million From FEMA to Fund ICE Jails

The southeast coast of the United States is currently bracing for Hurricane Florence. The severe storm has prompted mandatory evacuations in a handful of states, with widespread damage and loss of life expected. Good thing we have the Federal Emergency Management Agency prepped and ready to handle the crisis and its aftermath, right?

Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley recently revealed that, just ahead of hurricane season this year, President Trump ordered that $9.8 million in FEMA funding be withheld. While this might sound like an absolutely absurd notion — especially considering the enormous loss of life that came from the underwhelming response to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria – surely Trump would only do this for a very good reason. Surely.

Readers likely won’t be shocked to learn where that nearly $10 million has been diverted. It will fund the rapidly expanding need for ICE detention facilities. Yes, you’ve read that correctly — Trump believes it is a much higher priority to round up and jail primarily nonviolent offenders than it is to proactively save American lives.

Trump’s spin doctors claim that the money comes from non-essential FEMA expenses. However, a look at the 2018 Department of Homeland Security budget shows this to be little more than a lie: Among other areas, $4.5 million will be diverted from “Mission Support” and another $2 million comes from “Response and Recovery.” How could these funds be anything but essential?

Even with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the east coast, Trump somewhat pathetically continues to insist that his administration’s response to the destruction in Puerto Rico was “incredibly successful.”

Yes, successful, if we don’t take into account the fact that the island lacked full electricity for nearly a year. Or the fact that the underwhelming government response contributed in no small way to nearly 3,000 deaths. But Puerto Ricans can’t vote for Trump in 2020, so who cares, right?

And this is the very crux of the matter. Trump’s anti-immigrant actions have been crucial for keeping his core group of supporters happy and content with the current administration. Securing his support base is far and away Trump’s top priority as president.

After all, who cares if you’ve single-handedly inflated the national deficit to its fifth highest point ever when you’ve financed your re-election campaign and held onto just enough votes to squeeze through the electoral colleges?

It remains to be seen how the aftermath of Hurricane Florence will compare to that of Hurricane Maria. Somehow, with a shrunken FEMA budget, the situation doesn’t look great for those living on the North Carolina and South Carolina coast.

If anyone expects Trump to do much more than tossing out paper towels, I wouldn’t hold my breath — that is, unless you were unable to evacuate in time for lack of emergency support services and have no other options.

Photo Credit: NOAA/Flickr

64 comments

Mary B
Mary B4 days ago

Paul B, we must have MORE MONEY in circulation if you want a stable economy. Extra money being printed is not the problem. People like you who can't get unstuck from this old idea that we are forever supposed to use the same amount of money no matter what are the problem. Regular people have to live on budgets. A country the size of ours with so many things it must deal will cannot run it's self like that. And nobody has to pay it back. Another smoke screen to keep the common people scared. And the wealthy find ways to siphen that extra money right back off to them selves.You don't seem to notice that 'interest payments' on loans is thin air money with not even paper or electronics to back it. It's just an agreement. You will begin to hear more about how the money supply works as decent rich people start telling the truth about the money supply. It does not 'trickle down'. It always trickles up. But first it has to be GIVEN to the people to run their own lives and businesses. This austerity BS is a con game. Jobs only get created if there is a demand, and there is no demand when the workers don't have adequate money to buy things.

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Shirley P
Shirley Plowman4 days ago

WHEN WILL ENOUGH AMERICAN CITIZENS REALIZE THAT IF WE ALLOW, TRUMP WILL DESTROY OUR DEMOCRACY, HE HAS ALREADY DESTROYED A GOOD PORTION OF IT. PEOPLE, GET INVOLVED.!!!!!!

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E6 days ago

brian f
You are USING Care 2 as your personal political platform just like you were on another article asking for money for Mr. Sander's "campaign". ($27 to be exact) This makes you no better than Russian BOTS spreading propaganda. You have been doing it for so long with your blame game that now you are able to just slip it in no matter WHAT the topic. This isn't what C2 is all about and all it gets you these days is everyone angry and ignoring your reel to reel messages

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Danuta W
Danuta W6 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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heather g
heather g6 days ago

There are none so blind, as those who cannot see and so deaf, they will not hear.....

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Brian F
Brian F6 days ago

Rhoberta E I sound dumb, because I want to replace corrupt corporate Democrats who refuse to support Medicare for all, free colleges, a $15.00 minimum wage, and marijuana legalization? The only one who sounds dumb here is you, if you support keeping these corrupt corporate Democrats like Nancy Pelosi who is worth 100 million dollars, and refuses to support Medicare for all. If you had our horrible healthcare system, you'd ask for the resignation of these corrupt politicians too.

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Ann W
Ann W6 days ago

Wow - $10 million - are you sure, Donald? That would buy an awful lot of paper towels!! You can always rely on Trump to get his priorities right . . . . .

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Debbi W
Debbi W6 days ago

Trump diverting money from FEMA to ICE to maintain and create more concentration camps is horrific. OUR country went to war to stop Hitler, now we have an American terrorist in the white house, who is making decisions that could possibly kill hundreds of thousands of Americans and those seeking asylum here, like trump grand parents did. He's an insane monster. Can't wait to see him sentenced, handcuffed, then later in an ill fitting orange jump suit. Don Jr., Eric and Ivanaka should be locked up, too. That happens to crime families.

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Susanne R
Susanne R6 days ago

Julie W. - David's sources not only sound ridiculous, one of them doesn't exist. I tried to access the "knittingparadise.com" site and got the following message:
Your search - http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-563407-1.html - did not match any documents.

The "Sputnik" site exits, and here's what it says under "About Us":
"Sputnik HQ is located in Moscow. Regional offices are located in key regions and countries around the world, including the United States (Washington, DC), China (Beijing), France (Paris), Germany (Berlin), Egypt (Cairo) and the UK (London and Edinburgh).

So we've got one source that doesn't exist and one whose headquarters are located near the Kremlin --from the trump supporter who uses "fake news" to explain every lie trump tells.

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Karin Hanson
Karin Hanson6 days ago

No surprise here..... DumbDonald is determined to rid the US of Latinos!! PLEASE everyone vote the Repugs out of the Senate so we can rid this Country of a supreme racist, bigot, deplorable "DICK-tator" and keep our Democracy intact.

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