Miller calls for conditions on any supplemental funding to address border crisis

Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) recently said that President Obama’s request for supplemental funding to address the immigration crisis at the southern border was a “belated response” to the issue.

Miller, the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, said the president’s “Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals” policy has fueled the crisis, and supplemental funding won’t address the root of the problem.

“Now, weeks after I and several of my colleagues have called for immediate action, the president is asking Congress authorize $3.7 billion for his belated response to this ongoing crisis,” Miller said. “The administration claims that these funds will expedite deportation procedures, but the reality is, absent a new policy to allow for immediate deportation, this package does little to nothing to ensure deportation. Instead of focusing on deportation, the vast majority of these funds will be used to transport, house and provide a legal defense to those illegally smuggled into the U.S.”

The United States has sent $5.8 billion in aid to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras over the last decade, Miller said, but the four countries have not taken any action to help stop tens of thousands of children from being smuggled across the border.

“Instead of throwing out the welcome mat, as the president seems insistent on doing, we need to focus on facilitating immediate deportation,” Miller said. “Therefore, any supplemental to be considered by Congress should include language that would change the law to allow for immediate deportation. It should also include additional measures that would secure our borders and protect the homeland.”

Miller said funds the United States spends to address the humanitarian crisis should be taken from aid that would have gone to the countries until they agree to help.