Ted Cruz has stolen a bit of Donald Trump’s thunder. The Holy Cruzader has come up with a plan that is likely to have Trump stomping around the Oval Office wondering why he didn’t think of it. Drug money. The United States seizes lots of it. Why not take some of that stash and use it to pay for the wall between the United States and Mexico?
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 25, 2017
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a bill Tuesday that specified $14 billion dollars seized from the drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman could be used as the source of the funding for wall construction.
“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,” Senator Cruz wrote in a statement given to Breitbart. “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities.”
The drug money, which will be legally forfeited, could “offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”
As if the irony of Senator Cruz’s plans wasn’t rich enough, he has named his bill “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act” (The EL CHAPO Act) “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 wrote.
That would be an epic slap in the face to the drug lords. And many are hailing the Senator’s bill as a brilliant way to solve a problem that is, only now, beginning to plague President Trump.
El Chapo was extradited in January to face trial in the United States. He’d previously been held in Mexico. The Mexican prison system, though, wasn’t secure enough to hold him. After multiple escapes he was charged with murdering a U.S. citizen, which sped the extradition process.
And now, if he ever does get out of prison, he may have a very large wall standing between him and his Mexican homeland.