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Use of the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 in an “Immigration Emergency”

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The Disaster Relief Act authorizes the provision of federal aid to state and local governments in the event of an emergency or major disaster, whether resulting from natural or man-made causes. Whether a particular “immigration emergency” so threatens property or human life as to fall within the scope of the Act is a matter for the President in his discretion to determine.

Updated July 9, 2014