Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, wants Mexican Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to indirectly pay for the wall President Trump has promised for the southern border of the U.S.
Sen. Cruz on Tuesday introduced legislation that would take any assets seized from “El Chapo” as part of the United States’ criminal case against him. The U.S. is looking at $14 billion in criminal forfeiture from the drug lord.
“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,” Cruz said in a statement announcing the proposal. “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.”