Ted Cruz Wants El Chapo To Pay For President Trump’s Border Wall
Senator Ted Cruz introduced a proposal to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall between the United States and Mexico and it involves El Chapo. On Tuesday, the Texas Republican introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act to seize funds from the criminal prosecution of drug kingpins, including infamous drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman.
Cruz, who went against Trump in the primaries, is now behind the wall and believes it will “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,” Cruz said. “We must also be mindful of the impact on the federal budget. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”
The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo. U.S. authorities are alleging that between January 1989 and December 2014, Guzman was the leader of the organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel that was responsible for importing and distributing massive amounts of illegal narcotics into the United States which enabled him to have a vast and extravagant empire. Guzman was extradited to the United States in January and is awaiting federal trial for the crimes committed by the Sinaloa Cartel including drug manufacturing and trafficking, use of firearms, and money laundering. However, the Mexican government is said to have already seized a number of his possessions including 43 vehicles, 16 houses, and four houses.
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly hammered home the point that Mexico will pay for the “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful” wall.
On Tuesday, President Trump emphasized that he has not backed down from his campaign promise of a border wall.