Cruz suggests using funds seized from drug lords such as El Chapo to pay for proposed wall along southern border. —>
Texas Senator Ted Cruz introduced legislation on 4/25 entitled the “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act” in the Senate.
The bill will enable the government to appropriate funds seized from drug lords such as El Chapo for President Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“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,” Sen. Cruz said to the media.
“Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities. We must also be mindful of the impact on the federal budget. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”
Funds lawfully seized from drug lords will also be used to improve border security.
On Friday, January 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that El Chapo will face charges following his extradition to the United States from Mexico. The U.S. Government has alleged that El Chapo was operating a continuing criminal enterprise and other drug-related crimes through his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel. The indictment alleges that between January 1989 and December 2014, El Chapo led a continuing criminal enterprise responsible for importing into the United States and distributing massive amounts of illegal narcotics and conspiring to murder persons who posed a threat to El Chapo’s narcotics enterprise. Source
Read the complete text of the bill here.