August 28, 2019/Press

Tillis Silent as Trump Raids FEMA Disaster Relief Funds

Raleigh – President Trump is diverting hundreds of millions from programs including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund that “would have been used in the current budget to prepare to respond to natural disasters, such as hurricanes,” according to a NBC News report:

The Trump administration is pulling $271 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund, to pay for immigration detention space and temporary hearing locations for asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico, according to department officials and a letter sent to the agency by a California congresswoman.

To fund temporary locations for court hearings for asylum-seekers along the southern border, ICE would gain $155 million, all from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, according to the letter from Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., which was seen by NBC News.

The $155 million for court hearings was originally allocated to FEMA in 2006 and 2007, but would have been used in the current budget to prepare to respond to natural disasters, such as hurricanes.

Senator Tillis is in Raleigh today hosting a press conference to discuss federal disaster relief efforts but he has yet to comment on whether the president should pull money designed to help places like North Carolina hammered by recent hurricanes.

Does Senator Tillis spinelessly believe President Trump is right to raid funds meant to help states like North Carolina prepare for storms like the two massive hurricanes that slammed North Carolina in the last few years?

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