Senator Ted Cruz used the occasion of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s conviction in federal court on Tuesday to once again call for using the drug kingpin’s seized assets to fund the construction of President Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border.
The Republican from Texas tweeted on Tuesday: ‘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.
‘Let’s pass the EL CHAPO Act and make El Chapo pay to secure our border.’
Cruz first proposed the idea in April 2017, while El Chapo was awaiting trial in New York.
The bill’s title, in addition to being the nickname of the infamous and recently extradited Joaquin Guzman, stands for Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order.