Republicans Find $14B For Trump’s Wall; It’s In A Notorious Criminal’s Pockets
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Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan has a brilliant idea on how to pay for the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
In an op-ed for Fox News, Buchanan explains that that Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
Given he will spend the rest of his life in prison, Buchanan wants Congress to take the $14 billion in his confiscated assets and put it towards building more of the wall.
"Through his vast wealth, the former leader of the murderous Sinaloa Cartel ruled through fear, bloodshed, and bribery of law enforcement and public officials. Once behind bars in a maximum security prison, it will be the coda to a story that reads like a telenovela," Buchanan writes.
"The elusive drug kingpin was infamous for his grip of power in parts of Mexico where he arguably commanded more authority than the Mexican government. And in a testament to his power and influence, he embodied the cleverness of a Bond villain by twice escaping from Mexican prison," he added.
Buchanan then called on Congress to pass the El CHAPO Act, legislation he co-sponsored that will "divert billions of dollars’ worth of his seized assets for a much-needed purpose — to help secure the Southern border."
El Chapo's drug empire amassed an estimated $14 billion from narcotic sales, which played a huge role in destroying the lives of millions of Americans.
"As President Trump looks to continue securing the southern border and protecting the American people, Congress should pass this commonsense measure to redirect his cash to help staunch the flow of drugs and violence into our communities," Buchanan wrote.
He added: "With hundreds of thousands of migrants continuing to illegally cross our Southern border, the evidence is irrefutable: there is a crisis at our southern border."
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz is also a co-sponsor of the bill and he argued that using El Chapo's $14 billion would build well over half of the wall.
“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 stated.
“Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities,” he added.
Cruz said using 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.”
Cruz also introduced the WALL Act last year, which would give $25 billion towards the border wall.
“The WALL Act would fully fund the border wall by closing existing loopholes that provide illegal immigrants with federal benefits and tax credits, without affecting the benefits and tax credits used by Americans,” Cruz said in a statement earlier this month.
Republicans have now introduced two bills that Congress could pass that would fully fund the president's border wall.