WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today spoke on the Senate floor about the escalating humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. Highlighting the urgent need for additional resources, she urged her colleagues to come together and deliver on the administration’s emergency supplemental funding request, which the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to consider next week.
“We do not have a choice … we must get this emergency supplemental done. It is the only choice we have from a humanitarian perspective. It’s the only choice we have from a border security perspective,” Senator Capito said. “There was a very robust debate a few months ago about the crisis on our border: Was it real, or was it manufactured? I stood here six months ago and said, ‘It is real.’ Quite frankly, I don’t hear that topic up for debate much anymore. I think we all know it’s real, it’s tragic, but we can do something about it.”
She continued, “The men and the women of the Department of Homeland Security who work our border and are trying to process this influx of people are doing incredibly tremendous work. It is stressful; it is hard, and in many cases, it is not the mission they signed up for when they joined the Department of Homeland Security. But they have stepped up to address a national need, and it is past time that we stepped up for them—and for these children and these families in need.”
For a video of Senator Capito’s remarks, click here.
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