Overlook that speak about Mexico footing the invoice for President Trump’s border wall.
Ted Cruz has the reply — let El Chapo pay for it.
The conservative Texas senator thinks the $14 billion in belongings the US authorities is making an attempt to get from the reputed drug lord — whose actual identify is Joaquin Guzman — can be a pleasant down cost on Trump’s imaginative and prescient of a “massive, lovely” wall on the southern border.
“Fourteen billion dollars will go a great distance towards constructing a wall that may maintain People protected and hinder the unlawful movement of medicine, weapons, and people throughout our southern border,” Cruz stated in a press release. “Making certain the security and safety of Texans is one in every of my prime priorities. We should even be aware of the impression on the federal finances. By leveraging any criminally forfeited belongings of El Chapo and his ilk, we will offset the wall’s value and make significant progress towards attaining President Trump’s said border safety goals.”
Cruz launched the Making certain Lawful Assortment of Hidden Belongings to Present Order Act — you get it? The EL CHAPO Act! — on Monday. The invoice would take any belongings that the federal government would get from prosecuting El Chapo and apply the funds towards constructing the border wall.
Guzman is accused of operating one of many world’s largest drug trafficking rings (and is one heck of an escape artist). He was extradited from Mexico earlier this yr and indicted on a number of expenses: operation of a unbroken legal enterprise, conspiring to homicide rivals, firearms violations, cash laundering.
However how far will $14 billion go in constructing the wall? We don’t know, as a result of we actually don’t have a agency estimate but of how a lot this wall would value. Estimates have ranged from $12 billion to virtually $22 billion.