FEMA Funding Soars Amid Unprecedented Border Crisis

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FEMA program for migrants grows alongside border crisis

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Shelter and Services Program has seen a significant increase in funding, reflecting the growing impact of the arrival of migrants in the United States. The city of Atlanta received $4.85 million in funding in 2023, the first year of the program, and is set to receive $10.89 million in 2024, with another round of funding to be announced later in the year.

The program provides grants to communities for the expenses they will incur for handling migrants. In fiscal year 2024, 14 states, including Washington D.C., received the first tranche of money. The funding for the program has increased from $363.8 million in fiscal year 2023 to $650 million in fiscal year 2024. City officials and politicians are now asking for the program to be funded at as much as $3 billion.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has called the current U.S. immigration surge "unprecedented." Since President Biden took office in January 2021, about 12 million illegal border crossings have been documented, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data and "gotaway" data obtained from border agents. Gotaways is the official CBP term to describe those who illegally crossed the border and were not apprehended. CBP does not publicly release "gotaway" data.

In November 2023, the United States Conference of Mayors sent a letter to Congress asking that the funding for the program be set at a minimum of $1.3 billion. In March, Congresswoman Lori Trahan, D-Mass., and Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Co., requested $3 billion in funding for the Shelter and Services Program.

The growing funding for the FEMA program highlights the ongoing border crisis and the strain it is placing on communities and resources. The Biden administration's handling of the border crisis has been a contentious issue, with critics arguing that the administration's policies have contributed to the surge in illegal border crossings. The increase in funding for the FEMA program is a reflection of the need for resources to address the crisis, but it also raises questions about the long-term sustainability of such funding and the impact on American taxpayers.


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