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WASHINGTON – On Sunday, the 30-day notification period ended from when the Department of Homeland Security notified Congress of its intent to reprogram and transfer $271 million of available funds to support requirements via authority provided in the FY 2019 DHS Appropriations Act.
The Administration submitted a supplemental request on May 1, for resources to address the humanitarian emergency, including funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds. On July 1, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed, providing $1.339 billion for DHS, but without funding for ICE Detention Beds for single adults.
Given the rise of single adults crossing the border, ICE has already had to increase the number of detention beds above what Congress funded. Without additional funding for single adult detention beds and transportation from the U.S. Border Patrol to ICE detention facilities, ICE will not be able to support the influx of migrants from U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehensions.
Congress was notified of the Department’s intent to reprogram and transfer $116 million to fund ICE single adult detention beds and transportation under the authority provided in the FY 2019 DHS Appropriations Act. DHS also notified Congress of its intent to transfer $155 million to establish and operate temporary Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) Immigration Hearing Facilities along the Southwest border. MPP court docket backlogs will continue to grow and ICE will not be able to effectively and efficiently move single adult migrants between detention centers and courtrooms without the funding.
This realignment of resources allows DHS to address ongoing border emergency crisis by alleviating the surge along the Nation’s Southwest Border while minimizing the risk to overall DHS mission performance.