Ted Cruz Wants El Chapo's Money to Fund Border Wall

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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 5:30 PM
Ted Cruz Wants El Chapo's Money to Fund Border Wall

Source: Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP

With infamous drug lord Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, better known as El Chapo, tried and found guilty on all counts, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes that his money can be used to completely pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Sen. Cruz reintroduced a bill to Congress that would take any of El Chapo’s funds confiscated by the federal government and spend it on improving border security.

The money, “shall be reserved for security measures along the border between the United States and Mexico,” the original April 2017 bill reads. “Including the completion of a wall along such border, for the purpose of stemming the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States and furthering the Nation’s security.”

The bill will also use funds confiscated from members of any drug cartel to fund U.S.-Mexico border security. The bill defines a member of a drug cartel as “an individual engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise involving knowingly and intentionally distributing a controlled substance, intending and knowing that such substance would be unlawfully imported into the United States from a place outside of the United States.”

You can read the full April 2017 bill below:

  

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When the bill was first introduced, it was co-sponsored by Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), but the question remains: who will sponsor the bill now, and will it be able to pass through the Democrat-controlled House?