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August 27, 2019

Thompson: Reckless for Trump Administration to Divert Funding from TSA and FEMA to Pay for ICE Indefinite Detention of Families and Children

 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that the Trump administration is diverting $271 million from FEMA, TSA, and the Coast Guard to pay for a massive increase in ICE detention beds:

"Once again this Administration is flouting the law and Congressional intent to fund its extremist indefinite detention immigration policies.  This is reckless and the Administration is playing with fire - all in the name of locking up families and children and playing to the President's base leading up to an election year.  Taking money away from TSA and from FEMA in the middle of hurricane season could have deadly consequences.  Congress should work to undo the damage this Administration is continually doing to our homeland security infrastructure." 

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