On Tuesday, senator and former Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz announced an outside-the-box tactic to help fund a potential wall bordering the United States’ southern perimeter.
Cruz, who intends to present a formal bill to Congress, suggested that the United States utilize the seized funds of Mexican cartel leaders in the erecting of a wall.
The El Chapo Act, cleverly short for the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, could pool a significant monetary demand, as the Trump administration is reportedly seeking $14 billion in its prosecution of the act’s namesake alone.
By way of explanation, Cruz stated, “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.”
The bill, an ode to notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, emerges as the border wall becomes an ever more pressed upon issue by the Trump administration. Kingpins such as Guzman, who led the Sinaloa Cartel for nearly 25 years, would see the entirety of their criminal empires used towards the building of the wall.
Renewed urgency comes as the government hopes to see money in the upcoming budget set aside for the purposes of a border wall. The spending bill needs to pass through Congress before Friday in order to sidestep a government shutdown. Those opposed to the wall, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, hope to see its discussions fade away in order to avoid ceasing government activities.
“If the threat of the wall is removed … our negotiations can continue and we can hopefully resolve all of the outstanding issues by Friday,” said Schumer.
H/T: The Hill
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