‘By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wants drug lord El Chapo to fund the construction of President Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.–Mexico border.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was found guilty on Tuesday of 10 counts of continued criminal enterprise.
The property he gained from drug trafficking is estimated to be as high as $14 billion.
Cruz introduced legislation that would require El Chapo’s federal prosecutors—who plan to seek a forfeiture judgment on the property the notorious cartel head gained from drug trafficking—to hand his assets over to Congress.
He posted on Twitter Tuesday that the time had come for the Senate to swiftly pass his EL CHAPO Act.
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. https://t.co/hPwEUVM6SP
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 12, 2019
The EL CHAPO Act, or the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, was first introduced in April 2017.
It would allocate any “illegally obtained profits resulting from any criminal drug trafficking enterprise led by Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera” to border security measures, including a wall.
Cruz reintroduced the bill last month, and it has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people,” he said in a statement.