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Ted Cruz Calls for $14 Billion Seized from ‘El Chapo’ to Fund Border Wall

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  • Ted Cruz Calls for $14 Billion Seized from ‘El Chapo’ to Fund Border Wall

    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 Mexican government extradited the former Mexican drug kingpin in January, Breitbart Texas’ Ildefonso Ortiz reported. The move to an American prison cell followed months of court battles in Mexico and multiple escapes from prison by Guzman. As part of the agreement with Mexico, Guzman will not face the death penalty in the U.S. for his crimes. Prosecutors filed murder charges against the former drug lord in relation to the killings of a U.S. citizen and two relatives.




    Source: Ted Cruz Calls for $14 Billion Seized from 'El Chapo' to Fund Border Wall

  • #2
    Can the government do that? Is it lawful to use the seized criminal enterprise money for infrastructure, such as border wall to prevent criminals like El Chapo and his thugs from coming into USA and cartelling drigs?

    I guess, Ted Cruz knows what he's talking and proposing about. I hope the Congress will agree and pass the bill.
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    • #3
      I don't believe a wall is needed but if we do build one it would be better to pay for it with money seized from criminals than have the taxpayers pay for it.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by PsalmOneCares View Post
        Can the government do that? Is it lawful to use the seized criminal enterprise money for infrastructure, such as border wall to prevent criminals like El Chapo and his thugs from coming into USA and cartelling drigs?

        I guess, Ted Cruz knows what he's talking and proposing about. I hope the Congress will agree and pass the bill.
        From the moment a government seizes money or possessions they have the right to utilize it as they see fit. Usually that kind of money is handled by the country's budget and redistributes as the administrators see fit. To use the entire sum for a specific purpose the government needs to set and vote for a specific plan, something like a budget reform. If the government already had the money, it would be a simpler deal.

        In this case, they'll have to first authorize the confiscation, either by vote or by court.
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        • #5
          The government may have the power to use the money as they see it fit to. I see that the health Insurance coverage is posing a real problem. The government says that ObamaCare was inadequate and want's to replace it with a new plan, however, many people believe that the government will not be able to come up with a better scheme. I am thinking that this $14 billion would be better utilized in helping to formulate a more beneficial health plan.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by explorerx7 View Post
            I am thinking that this $14 billion would be better utilized in helping to formulate a more beneficial health plan.
            That would certainly be a better use for it than building a wall we don't need.
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