ICE wants extra $1 billion to fund deportations under Trump: report

ICE wants extra $1 billion to fund deportations under Trump: report
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly asked for an additional $1 billion in order to help the agency meet deportation requirements under the Trump administration, according to a budget document obtained by The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported on Thursday that the agency had asked Congress to include the funds in a stopgap spending measure last month.

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After Republican and Democratic leaders agreed to postpone a fight on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE’s long-sought border wall with a series of spending bills, ICE reportedly made the request again, according to the Post.

The deal struck between Republican and Democratic lawmakers will keep the government open through spending bills that include a continuing resolution that fund federal agencies until Dec. 7.

The Post noted that ICE asked Congress to place the $1 billion in funding in the continuing resolution.

“If the Congress approves the request, ICE would have the funding for operations necessary to support and increase staffing and operations as the DHS secretary determines to be appropriate,” Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said in a statement.

The Post reported that ICE officials said in their funding request that they expect to deport more than 253,000 immigrants in the next fiscal year, which would be the highest target for the agency since 2014.

The Obama administration deported more than 300,000 people that year, the Post reported.

Officials said that without the additional funds, they may have to suspend deportations and arrests for people who are deemed “threats to public safety,” according to the Post.

They also said they need the money to deal with rising costs related to arrests and deportations.

The report regarding their request comes as ICE faces increasing scrutiny regarding its role in Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to thousands of families being separated at the southern border.

Many Democratic lawmakers have called for the agency to be abolished.