Ted Cruz wants to use El Chapo’s funds for border wall

Posted at 3:14 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 17:24:50-05
Border Wall
In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, photo, a rainbow appears along the border fence as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents patrol the area in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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.”

Cruz introduced the bill last month. It’s been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Make El Chapo pay for a border wall? Don’t count on it