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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a unique solution for Congress’ current border wall pickle.

Instead of requiring that the United States pay for the border wall out of taxpayer funds, and instead of dogging Mexico to pay for a border wall they feel is unnecessary, perhaps the United States could use some of the billions confiscated from convicted drug lord “El Chapo” to build the wall.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was found guilty Tuesday on all ten federal criminal counts against him, CNN reports, stemming from his time at the helm of the notorious Mexican drug cartel, Sinaloa. Each federal count carries a minimum of ten years in prison, and the top count — engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise — carries with it a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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.

The EL CHAPO Act may be a decent compromise for both Congress and the White House. It funds the wall on a consistent basis, well into the near future (the Sinaloa cartel is still very much in operation), and fits with one of the White House’s arguments for the border wall itself, which claims that drug cartels would be forced to risk smuggling their goods through official border checkpoints — rather than take easier smuggling routes through open swaths of land — if there was a complete wall across the United States’ full southern border.

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6 Comments

  1. Bill Paar

    February 13, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    This idea is extremely novel and can fulfill Trump’s plan and blow the Democrats out of the water. What better way to make Mexico pay…taken from their agricultural budget so to speak. Go for it!

  2. IMJustice

    February 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Our government cannot get out of their own way.
    It’s the biggest scam on the planet besides a pure socialistic or communistic regime.

    Any 12 year old would agree to that. But our government, I’m sure they will say
    something really stupid like, “El Chapo’s family deserves that money”…..
    Or something that stupid.

    If Trump wasn’t hated so much by the global elitists and the far left Socialistic Liberals,
    this country could actually do some amazing ass-kicking in just about every way imaginable.

    But, what half of us don’t get, is the global elites DON’T WANT US TO THRIVE. That would
    mean they would be out of business. We wouldn’t need them as much. GET IT?

  3. RockyMtn1776

    February 13, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Great idea since Democrat leadership absolutely refuses to protect American citizens and our borders. Impound El Chapo’s $14 B and build the wall. Don’t say it can’t be done. Obama took the $150B that was formally the Shah of Iran’s money and gave it to the Ayatollah’s ! No reason Trump can’t take El Chapo’s money and use it to protect Americans from the drug tade and all THAT involves .

  4. Mary Johnson

    February 14, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Mr. Ted Cruz has bought this up before and yes those funds should be use for the wall to keep the drugs out that who ever takes over can not just walk them over into the US.

    • Ginny

      February 14, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Finish building The Wall, Stop Soro’s Open Border
      Movement.
      Nasty Nazi Democrats don’t want America to be safe!

  5. Joseph A Midona

    February 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    President Trump did say that Mexico would pay for the wall. Isn’t El CHUMPO from Mexico?

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