Donald Trump and Ted Cruz may not have gotten along during the Republican primary, but the two are now strong allies on the issue of Trump’s proposed border wall — even down to the point of who will be paying for it.
As everyone remembers, not only did Trump make his border wall the center of his campaign, he also promised that Mexico would pay for it. That was met with countless denials from Mexican politicians, including Mexico’s current and former presidents, which always elicited the same response from Trump: “the wall just got ten feet taller.”
On a more serious note, Trump did actually float a few ideas to pressure Mexico into paying for the proposed border wall (whose cost would range from $10-$25 billion). Among them were threatening Mexico’s economy with tariffs on their goods, taxing remittances, and increasing visa fees.
Ted Cruz has an even more original idea: making one of the nation’s most notorious drug lords pay for it.
According to Breitbart, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a bill calling for the use of $14 billion seized from cartel drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to be used to pay for the president’s border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“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,” Senator Cruz stated, according to a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas from the senator’s office. “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities.”
The Texas senator said that leveraging criminally forfeited assets from El Chapo and other Mexican cartel members and drug dealers can “offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”
Senator Cruz introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act on Tuesday. “The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was recently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering,” Cruz stated.
The $14 billion seized from El Chapo is a fraction of the cost that the Mexican drug trade, and illegal immigration has had on our economy, so why not use the proceeds seized towards preventing further damage?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]