Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has had a terrific idea for funding the border wall… make drug kingpin El Chapo pay for it. Seize his money and assets and use it for the wall. Sounds like a great idea to me and the ultimate way to make Mexico pay for the wall. That solves the problem of getting it through Congress and having taxpayers pay for the wall.
Although, you would think that Americans would gladly pay for a wall to protect themselves and their country. After all, the government sent $3.5 billion to California for their now ditched highspeed rail… why then not funding for the border wall? Because the left hates President Trump is why.
If the US can round up the ill-gotten funds, it could amount to billions. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was found guilty yesterday on all ten federal criminal counts against him. He was the notorious head of the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel… one of the most profitable and brutal cartels on the planet. Each federal count carries a minimum of ten years in prison. The top count of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise carries with it a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Prison is too good for this guy.
From The Daily Wire:
“During their pursuit of “El Chapo,” federal agents confiscated billions of dollars in cold hard cash, along with billions of dollars in more “solid” assets, including “gold-plated AK-47s and monogrammed, diamond-encrusted pistols.” By the time El Chapo was captured in 2016, federal agents had amassed a cache of more than $14 billion in seized assets.
“Prosecutors are seeking a forfeiture judgment against El Chapo which would allow the federal government to keep the money.
“Now Ted Cruz says he believes the money can be put to good use by building a border wall, ostensibly making it much harder for drug kingpins like El Chapo to traffic marijuana, heroin, and cocaine across the United States southern border. To that end, on Tuesday he introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order, or EL CHAPO Act.
“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” Cruz said in a statement.
“He followed up with a tweet: “America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder.”
“Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner has proposed a nearly identical bill in the House
“The DEA has estimated that the gross receipts of the Mexican drug trade are somewhere between $19-$29 billion a year,” Sensenbrenner told the Washington Examiner, explaining that the border security fund would not have to close after El Chapo’s $14 billion was exhausted. “We don’t have to be 100 percent efficient to get the money we need to completely pay for the wall relatively quickly.”
“Indeed, the $14 billion itself dwarfs what the White House is currently requesting for the border wall — a mere $5 billion. In a budget compromise inked Tuesday morning, Democrats and Republicans agreed to allocate only around $1.4 billion to border wall construction, far less than what the White House wanted, and less even than the $1.6 that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he was comfortable allocating back in late November.”
Cruz was thrilled with the verdict on El Chapo as most Americans were. This is a brilliant idea and I hope it comes to fruition. Watch for the Democrats to block it though. They always do.
If you are looking for justice, this fits the bill nicely and the money that cost so many their lives would go to saving lives here in the US.