Capito rejects president’s request for $3.7 billion in funding for border crisis

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) voted in favor of supplemental legislation on Friday that would help secure the southern border and expedite immigration hearings.

Capito said she rejected President Obama’s open-ended request for $3.7 billion in supplemental funding because it didn’t include any policy changes that would help curb the flood of illegal immigrants at the southern border.

“Instead, (Friday’s) bill would provide funds to make our borders more secure while reducing the time it takes to process and send illegal immigrants back to their home countries,” Capito said. “In addition, the bill would also include funds to reimburse states for the increased National Guard presence on the southwest border.”

The Secure the Southwest Border Supplemental Appropriations Act would also allocate funds to support U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and quicker processing of immigration cases.

“I also voted to make important policy changes to expedite removal proceedings and prohibit the president from acting unilaterally to grant amnesty to those who are in this country in violation of our laws,” Capito said. “This bill would make our border more secure, reunite children with their families and provide states with the resources to address this crisis, and I am proud to support this legislation.”