Ted Cruz Wants Money Seized From El Chapo And Other Drug Lords Used To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a plan to pay for the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump, and it doesn’t involve the government of Mexico or the American tax-payers.
Cruz has introduced a proposal that would seize the assets of one of the most notorious drug kingpins the world has ever seen.
The bill is called the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, otherwise simply known as “the El Chapo Act.”
Joaquín Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” is a Mexican drug lord, who has been captured three times, and escaped twice.
His latest capture occurred after a daring 2015 prison break that involved his allies digging an elaborate mile long tunnel that ran from the outside to beneath the showers that El Chapo had access to, but were not under surveillance.
After his third and final capture, El Chapo was extradited to the United States where he faces multiple charges including murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and money laundering.
Senator Cruz’s proposal would take $14 billion of El Chapo’s illegally gained profits, and redirect that money towards building the southern border wall.
The move would be appropriate as the border wall’s purpose is to prevent illegal activities, including the drug trade, from spilling into the United States.
While the Left will vehemently argue that a wall is not guaranteed to stop all of those wishing to cross illegally, it would still serve as a physical deterrent.
It’s sort of like making the argument for a need to lock the doors in your house. A burglar might still be able to break a window to get in, but having the doors locked will make their job more difficult and the home less inviting.
Cruz’s proposed bill reads:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any illegally obtained profits resulting from the large-scale, criminal drug trafficking enterprise led by Joaquin Achivaldo Guzman Loera (commonly known as “El Chapo”), which are criminally forfeited to the United States Government as a result of the conviction of Mr. Guzman Loera in Federal District court, shall be reserved for the completion of a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico for the purpose of stemming the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States and furthering the Nation’s security.”
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Source: Fox News
Source: Ted Cruz Congressional Website