’s administration is set to pull $271 million from the Department of Homeland Security — including $155 million allocated for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund — to pay for immigrant detention space and temporary hearing locations for asylum-seekers forced to wait in Mexico, reported Tuesday.
These funds would reportedly allow the government to fund nearly for immigrant detainees.
The move comes after Congress to include additional funding for its border security measures in a disaster relief bill passed in June. According to , the Trump administration believes it has the authority to reallocate these funds in lieu of congressional approval.
The announcement comes at a precarious time as hurricane season is ratcheting up and .