WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is once again proposing a new source of funding for President Trump’s southern border wall: recently convicted drug cartel leader “El Chapo.”
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, kingpin of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, was convicted on 10 counts including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.
Federal prosecutors plan to seek a forfeiture judgment for property Guzman gained from drug trafficking — estimated in the billions of dollars.
Cruz tweeted that the money should go toward border security. The Republican wrote, “It’s time to pass my El Chapo Act. I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation.”
Let’s pass the EL CHAPO Act and make El Chapo pay to secure our border: https://t.co/xBCc6dVaR2
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 12, 2019
Cruz introduced the bill last month. It’s been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.