Cash seized from notorious Mexican drug lords, such as El Chapo, could be used to cover the cost of Donald Trump’s border wall.
The radical new proposal was put forward Tuesday by Senator Ted Cruz as part of the Texas Republican’s EL CHAPO bill.
The bill’s title, in addition to being the nickname of the infamous and recently extradited Joaquin Guzman, stands for Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order.
‘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.
‘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.’
Cruz’s proposal comes about three months after Guzman was arrested and extradited to the US to face charges related to running a massive drug trafficking operation that laundered billions of dollars and oversaw murders and kidnappings.