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DHS transfers $10 million from FEMA to ICE to fund expanded immigration detention

  1. Original Date Announced

    September 12, 2018

    DHS transfers approximately $10 million in appropriations from FEMA to ICE to fund "Detention Beds." ICE predicts an end-of-year average daily population of 40,379 adult detainees based on current operations, 2,359 above the enacted adult average daily population of 38,020. [ID #353]

    Report: $10 million from FEMA to Imm Detention
  2. Effective Date

    September 12, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Detention
Agencies Affected: ICE FEMA

Associated or Derivative Policies


  • Washington Post: Trump Administration diverted $10 million from FEMA to ICE

    [Senator] Merkley’s office provided the 39-page budget document independently to The Washington Post. It shows that DHS requested that about $9.8 million going toward FEMA efforts such as “Preparedness and Protection” and “Response and Recovery” be funneled instead into ICE coffers, specifically underwriting “Detention Beds” and the agency’s “Transportation and Removal Program.” The U.S. Secret Service was also a beneficiary of the reallocation. Go to article on

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