Ted Cruz Wants El Chapo to Pay for Border Wall
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has an idea on how to pay for the president’s $5.7 billion border wall: El Chapo. The Mexican crime lord, whose legal name is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, was convicted Tuesday on numerous counts including the distribution of cocaine and heroin, illegal firearms possession and money laundering. The three-month drug trial in New York exposed decades of shipping tons of drugs into the U.S. and plaguing Mexico with relentless bloodshed and corruption. Cruz last month reintroduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act which would take any money forfeited to the U.S. by Guzmán and other drug lords as a result of criminal prosecutions and direct those funds toward "border security assets" and the completion of a border wall. The U.S. government is reportedly seeking $14 billion from Guzmán as part of its prosecution of the drug kingpin. "By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people,” Cruz said. More here.