FEMA Lost Funding to Build Immigrant Detention Centers

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has accused the administration of stripping $10 million in funding from FEMA to build immigrant detention centers.

Even as Hurricane Florence prepares to batter the east coast, Trump has not only defended the abysmal emergency response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, but has also been accused of diverting $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to build more immigrant detention centers.

Senator Merkley’s accusations come as 20,000 palettes of undistributed water bottles have been discovered in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, which were meant for distribution to survivors of Hurricane Maria. 

The discovery of the palettes is yet another tally against both the administration and the agency’s response to the natural disaster which left some 3,000 Puerto Ricans dead.

A death toll which the president has minimized.

In the prolonged absence of clean, filtered water, the people of Puerto Rico have had to rely on primitive methods of water collection and face the continuous risk of contracting a water-borne illness.

Even more disturbing in light of this accusation is the announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning on tripling the size of a tent camp in Texas for migrant children.

The camp will reportedly expand to include 3,800 beds for immigrant children.

As of August 24, some 500 children remained separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy and despite the court-ordered deadline to reunite all families.

According to the New York Times, there are more immigrant children in detention in the United States now than at any other time in recorded history.

Their tallies indicate that some 12,800 immigrant children are imprisoned in more than one hundred detention centers throughout the nation; a sum more than five times greater than at the same period last year.

Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.

 

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