Published May 3, 2017 / Updated August 19, 2020
“I will build a great wall, and El Chapo will pay for it!”
Senator Ted Cruz has introduced a bill to use El Chapo’s seized assets to fund a border wall with Mexico
Greetings, fellow Resistbotters! One issue being considered by Congress this week is the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act — SB939; House Bill 2186.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz is sponsoring the El Chapo Act to pay for the administrations proposed border wall. The bill is being co-sponsored in the House by members of the House Freedomm Caucus — Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Tom Garrett (R-Virginia), Steve King (R-Iowa), and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).
This bill would reserve illegally obtained drug money forfeited to the US government by Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka El Chapo) for the construction of a wall along the border of the US and Mexico. It would also set aside other assets forfeited by convicted members of drug cartels for border wall construction and other security measures. There are no firm estimates of the actual cost of the proposed wall so it is unclear how big of a dent this drug money would make in actual cost.
How this affects you:
- Use of drug forfeiture money from the cartels to build the wall could reduce costs to American taxpayers.
- Support for this bill validates the administration’s position that a border wall and increased security on the US-Mexico border are necessary and vital for our national security.
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