As chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Capito plays a direct role in providing our country with the resources it needs to stay safe and vigilant. Her subcommittee funds the entire Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—which has a training facility in Harpers Ferry—Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, which has several facilities in the Eastern Panhandle.
Senator Capito has visited the southern border several times and believes a border wall system is crucially important, not only to deter and stop illegal immigration, but also to help keep deadly drugs out of our country and out of West Virginia. She has worked closely with the men and women on the ground to best fund their needs, including physical barriers, technology at ports of entry, and staffing.
Through her chairmanship, Senator Capito has been able to fund the partnership between Marshall University and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the investigative arm of ICE, to combat the opioid crisis.
In a post 9/11 world, Senator Capito believes aggressors like Iran and Russia must be dealt with firmly, and we should staunchly support our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel. She has visited the region several times, most recently Afghanistan where she learned more about our country’s critical missions to contain ISIS and support our allies.