Before hurricane season began, feds moved $10 million from FEMA to ICE

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A man sweeps the entrance of a boarded up store before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Wednesday

A man sweeps the entrance of a boarded-up store before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Carolinas and Virginia are bracing for heavy rains and flooding.

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There's been a lot of criticism on social media about money being diverted a few weeks ago from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The amount? About $10 million.

The World fact-checked this and located the congressional document to prove it.

Both agencies belong to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS spokesman, Tyler Q. Houlton, tweeted that none of the money came from FEMA's operations budget.

The money taken from FEMA was part of a total $201 million transfer from different parts of DHS to ICE, to pay for the detention and removal of undocumented immigrants.

The transfer, or "re-programming" as it's called in federal jargon, was first noticed by two nonprofit groups, including one called the Detention Watch Network.

Mary Small is their policy director.

THE WORLD: Mary, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security have both insisted this $10 million comes from nonoperational areas of FEMA's budget, specifically training, travel, public engagement and IT.