US Senator Ted Cruz believes that the convicted Mexican drug cartel Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman should finance the long wall promised by President Donald Trump.
"The United States justice system prevailed today in condemning Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo, in the 10 counts," Cruz tweeted on Tuesday shortly before the Sinaloa cartel chief was convicted of drug trafficking. Weapons violations and money laundering charges in a federal court in Brooklyn. NY "US" Prosecutors are seeking $ 14 billion in drug profits and other assets from El Chapo, which should be used to fund our wall for #SecureTheBorder. "
Trump has said that the construction of a wall would cost around $ 5.7 billion.
The Texas Republican urged his colleagues to approve the Act to Secure the Legal Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Orders, or El Chapo's Law, which would divert drug proceeds from cartel leaders to finance border security.
Cruz presented the bill for the first time in April 2017 and resubmitted it in January. The reintroduction pressures lawmakers to implement a bill on border security spending.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday tentatively agreed to provide $ 1.4 billion for border barriers, including 55 miles of new fences along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Drug revenues could do much to secure the southern border, Cruz said.
"Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way to securing our southern border and will hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons and individuals," Cruz said of his bill in a January press release. "By taking advantage of the criminally seized assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and making significant progress in fulfilling the promises made to the American people."
Supporters of the wall argue that it will dissuade criminals from illegally entering the United States, while opponents say the wall would have minimal impact on the flow of people and drugs into the country.