Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wants the billions of dollars confiscated from an infamous Mexican drug lord to finance the construction of a wall on the Mexican-American border, reports The Washington Examiner.
“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 Tuesday in a statement unveiling the El Chapo Act, named after the drug kingpin who was extradited to the United States in January.
Cruz’s bill, if implemented as conceived, would provide the $14 billion subject to confiscation from El Chapo as well as money taken from drug lords arrested in future cases. It’s a bankshot at border funding designed to fulfill the spirit of President Trump’s pledge to “make Mexico pay” for the wall that has gained currency among some Republicans.
“Having the money seized from Mexican drug cartels would mean that the bad Mexicans would end up paying for the wall, and the bad Mexicans have been terrorizing the good Mexicans with crime and kidnappings and murders within Mexico itself,” Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., told the Washington Examiner while discussing his plan to spend money seized in drug busts for the wall.
“Saying that we’re going to have the Mexican drug cartels end up paying for the wall, that may very well be something that is powerful enough to get the institutional inertia in the Senate overcome.” Read more at The Washington Examiner.