The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it has taken millions of dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration in order to continue funding operations on the southern U.S. border.
The Obama administration had warned Congress that failure to pass a border funding bill by August would mean DHS would run out of money, and would have to “repurpose” funding from other parts of the government in order to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis. That crisis involves the apprehension of 63,000 unaccompanied child immigrants, and tens of thousands of others fleeing from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Over the weekend, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said he has made these decisions, after Congress left without passing a border bill.
“We are disappointed that Congress left town a week ago for its August recess and did not act last week to help us,” Johnson said August 9.
“You can’t fly an airplane without fuel, and I cannot fund a massive immigration enforcement effort without money,” he added. “To sustain our campaign, I therefore had no choice but to re-program hundreds of millions of dollars away from other vital homeland security missions. There were no good choices.”