President Trump has expressed that he is “not thrilled” with the amount of wall funding being offered in a deal meant to stave off a second government shutdown.
However that might not be an issue after Sen. Ted Cruz made a novel suggestion that could possibly see Trump getting double the amount that he’s been asking.
Cruz recently tweeted about the high profile case and sentencing of cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. He noted the $14 billion in damages being sought by U.S. courts and how it could be used to fund the wall.
It would be the sweetest irony to have the illegal fortunes amassed from those who take advantage of our border be used to finance our security.
The plan has merit as well, the “EL CHAPO Act” or “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act” is a bill originally introduced in 2017 and revamped this January that could make it possible.
“The bill would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of ‘El Chapo’ … and other drug lords for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border,” Cruz stated when the bill was reintroduced.
However there are complications, by law Mexico is entitled to the majority of El Chapo’s seized assets and there is no guarantee that they will find the suggested amount. Yet the idea of having drug traffickers finance the wall is still very appealing.