The drug lord was sentenced to life in prison earlier this week.
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Two countries have already said they’re not going to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the United States and Mexico. So Senator Ted Cruz from Texas has proposed another way to wall funding: make Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pay for it.
The Sinaloa drug cartel leader was convicted on ten counts on Tuesday, including engaging in a criminal enterprise. The U.S. government plans to seek a forfeiture judgment for the property Guzman gained from drug trafficking which is believed to be worth over $14 million.
Back in 2017, Cruz introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act which would use any “illegally obtained profits resulting from any criminal drug trafficking enterprise led by Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera” for the purpose of securing the border.
In light of the fact that it appears Donald Trump won’t be getting any funding from Congress to build his wall, Cruz has called for Congress to consider the act once again.
(NOTE: The oddly-worded act is an acronym for “El Chapo.”)
America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder. https://t.co/hPwEUVM6SP— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 12, 2019\n
Even Trump’s reaction was like “Thanks, but no thanks.”
President Trump on Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) suggestion that assets seized from Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin El Chapo could pay for the border wall: "It's always interesting, anything Ted does is interesting. That's certainly an interesting one." pic.twitter.com/Hw5Qg42QUp— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 13, 2019\n
One of the major reasons Republicans are calling for a wall is to prevent drug trafficking. However, “El Chapo’s” trial illustrated how a border wall would be ineffective at stopping the flow of illegal drugs from Mexico.
Under Guzman’s guidance, the Sinaloa cartel smuggled drugs into the U.S. by plane, train, automobile, submarine, boat, tunnel, and fake jalapeno cans — not by running across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ted Cruz’s plan to “Build a wall and make ‘El Chapo’ pay for it” is getting ridiculed on Twitter, mostly because a wall wouldn’t have done anything to stop the drug kingpin from smuggling his goods into the U.S.
So you are going to use the money he made smuggling drugs with tunnels, planes and submarines to build a wall to stop his cartel? That will teach them.— ALT- Immigration“immi” (@ALT_uscis) February 13, 2019\n
Does everyone know he broke out of maximum security prison by digging a tunnel?— Scott stanton (@Scottst79743752) February 13, 2019\n
I also remember reading that some smugglers quite literally throw packets of drugs across fencing like footballs. Tunnels are super common, and many drugs are smuggled via water rather than land. “Illegal” immigrants usually overstay visas. Basically a wall is useless— Maya ♫ [grammys!!] (@ivorybIossoms) February 12, 2019\n
Let’s just put pictures of Ted Cruz along the border. That will repulse anyone.— JJ Madison (@governermccheez) February 13, 2019\n
Sen. Cruz, As a believer in markets, you are aware that there will always be supply of drugs as long as there is demand for drugs, no matter what physical barriers there are.— francis blunt (@francisblunt9) February 13, 2019\n
Take that $14 billion and fund more safe injection sites, drug treatment and recovery programs.
Ted Cruz wants El Chapo to fund Trump's stupid wall.— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 13, 2019\n
If you are going to make El Chapo fund anything, how about making him fund our healthcare so that those addicted to deadly opioids can seek the treatments that they need to survive?
Ted Cruz's priorities are screwed up!
Wait for it— Now! Solar (@NOW1SOLAR) February 12, 2019\n
Wall meet ladder
Well known fact: El Chapo used tunnels pic.twitter.com/3eVGGGkHp7
After all, the same guy you reference, El Chapo, owned planes. Submarines. Catapults. Tunnels. None of which would be in the slightest interrupted by a border wall.— TheValuesVoter (@TheValuesVoter) February 13, 2019\n
Not to mention all the land vehicles that must have come through the ports of entry where there won’t be any walls pic.twitter.com/NBcH5pMJKQ
Mexico was supposed to pay for it, not el Chapo. You and El Presidente Naranja need to stick to your original story.— Matt Arnold (@mattarnoldxvii) February 12, 2019\n