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US government delays Puerto Rico disaster mitigation funds

The Trump administration is delaying the release of more than $8 billion in funds to help Puerto Rico prepare for the next natural disaster, citing political unrest and financial irregularities in the U.S. territory.

The funds are part of $16 billion approved by Congress for mitigation projects, such as hardening electrical grids, in states and territories receiving presidential disaster declarations from 2015 to 2017.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD, sec. CARSON?!] is detailing rules for nine states to get the funds first. They are Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, California, Missouri and Georgia.

HHS: Florida migrant child detention camp emptying out
[US] Health and Human Services Department [sec. AZAR?!] spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said in an email that all children who had been at the facility are now either with family members or at smaller state-licensed centers. The camp has housed about 14,300 undocumented children in total since March 2018, the largest such facility in the country. ... Last month, HHS expedited the process for sending child migrants to live with relatives already in the U.S. by eliminating [!] a fingerprinting requirement for adult siblings and grandparents. It also stopped [!] universally requiring child abuse and neglect checks unless there are special concerns.
Some members of Congress [Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Shalala (FL-27), Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)] and immigration advocates have called for the Homestead center to be completely shut down, but it will remain available for future needs, officials said.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [?!] said in a statement that HHS should be more forthcoming about why[?] so many children were moved so quickly and exactly where they went. "I will seek a full accounting of where these hundreds of children who were reportedly relocated from the Homestead detention center ended up," the Florida Democrat said. "HHS must be more transparent, and I will continue to demand answers about the fates of these children."

archived collateral
SORNA, 2019
Backing expanded registration requirements for sex offenders, the Supreme Court ...
here it is, 2018
Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don't ...
Welding et al. v. DNC Services Corp., final order of dismissal, 2017
the DNC and Wasserman Schultz held a palpable bias in favor Clinton ...
Latin American & Caribbean briefs , 2014
sanctions on Venezuelan officials culpable in that nation's repression ...

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by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 02:08:08 AM EST
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