In April 2017, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a bill calling for the use of $14 billion seized from cartel drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to be used to pay for the Border Wall, but it went nowhere. Perhaps it’s time for Congress to reconsider the bill.
Senator Cruz said fourteen billion dollars would go a long way toward building a wall to keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border. "Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities,” he said.
Twenty months later, President Trump is arguing with the Democrats who will soon control the House over funding for the Border Wall. Congress should get creative and reconsider and pass Cruz’ bill.
Senator Cruz’ bill was called the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO), and it was designed to leverage criminally forfeited assets from El Chapo and other Mexican cartel members and drug dealers to offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives. In essence, the border crime lords would pay for the Wall.
“The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was recently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering,” Cruz stated.
The Mexican government extradited El Chapo to an American prison cell in January 2017 after months of court battles in Mexico and multiple escapes from a Mexican prison. U.S. prosecutors filed murder charges against the former drug lord concerning the killings of a U.S. citizen and two relatives, but he will not face the death penalty thanks to the agreement with Mexico who doesn’t recognize a death penalty.
But…Why not use forfeited assets of international criminals to build the wall? El Chapo and other international crime lords account for the vast majority drug and human trafficking.
Why not take the seized funds from El Chapo, one of the biggest drug dealers in all the world, and build the wall!? Cruz' idea brilliant, but of course, good ideas and common sense seem to die in D.C.
If Democrats don’t want to protect Americans with our own tax money, then they should support the idea of protecting us with assets seized from international criminals.