indicate that ICE reprogrammed $83 million combined in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, and another $127 million in fiscal year 2016. Those requests are not generally not made public.
"(It's) this pattern of misbehavior by ICE where they overspend the amount they have been given by Congress, specifically for immigration detention, and then they make it up by basically robbing other accounts in DHS," Small said.
Lawmakers unhappy with ICE spending
The Republican-led Congress has previously reprimanded ICE for its spending habits.
The House's 2017 explanatory statement for homeland security funding for that fiscal year, as preserved in the Congressional Record
, called "financial management weaknesses" a continued "particular problem" with ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations.
"The lack of fiscal discipline and cavalier management of funding for detention operations, evidenced by inaccurate budget formulation and uneven execution, seems to be the result of a perception that ERO is funded by an indefinite appropriation," the statement said.
Similar language is popping up in this year's appropriations bills.
"ICE continues to spend at an unsustainable rate," the Senate Appropriations Committee report accompanying its proposal for Homeland Security next fiscal year
says. "In light of the Committee's persistent and growing concerns about ICE's lack of fiscal discipline, whether real or manufactured, and its inability to manage detention resources within the appropriations made by law without the threat of anti-deficiency, the Committee strongly discourages transfer or reprogramming requests to cover ICE's excesses."
Small says that her group is "on the Hill screaming about this" to encourage Congress to break the pattern.
"These are real shenanigans that need to be reined in, not just from a good governance standpoint but also from the standpoint that these are other accounts that need the money," Small said.