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Texas Sen Ted Cruz: Let ‘El Chapo’ pay for border wall

April 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas Sen Ted Cruz: Let ‘El Chapo’ pay for border wall

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Senator Ted Cruz is proposing legislation that permits assets seized from drug lords, such as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to be used fund President Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border.

Cruz’s bill, the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, is also referred to as the “El Chapo Act,”

The government is looking to seize $14 billion from the drug lord as part of Guzman’s prosecution, according to the Washington Examiner.

“Fourteen billion will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our border,” Ted Cruz said on Tuesday.

Guzman was extradited to the U.S. back in January and has pleaded not guilty to a 17-count indictment in New York.

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

The charges state that Guzman headed an international criminal enterprise and has been charged with drug trafficking and conspiracy between 1989 and 2014.

The U.S. government regularly seizes assets from purported dealers and traffickers.

Republican Jim Sensenbrenner introduced a similar bill in February, titled the BuildWall Act, which would permit money forfeited from traffickers to increase border security.

Cruz’s bill comes as the White House is pushing for funds to begin construction on the wall.

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Last week, officials suggested that they want to see funds in an imminent spending bill that must be passed to avoid a government shutdown.

This move put Trump at odds with Democrats who are against the wall, and with Republican congressional leaders who are worried that a fight over funding the initiative could stall the bill and lead to a politically costly shutdown.

On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said a deal for avoiding a shutdown would be likely if Trump dropped his request for wall funding.

“If the threat of the wall is removed … our negotiations can continue, and we can hopefully resolve all outstanding issues by Friday,” Schumer stated.

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