Lanterns: Cruz's El Chapo Act Could Seriously Fund the Border Wall

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Cruz's El Chapo Act Could Seriously Fund the Border Wall

While President Donald Trump has come through on many campaign promises as his first 100 days in office come to a close, the southern border wall which anchored his campaign has yet to be built. It is well known and often scrutinized that Trump plans on having the Mexican government pay for the wall in some capacity, but the details of this plan have yet to be revealed. As the reality that this may not happen sinks in even among some of the President’s supporters, one alternate plan appears to be even more brilliant. 

Introduced in Congress by Texas Senator Ted Cruz this past week, the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, often referred to as the “EL CHAPO Act,” suggests using the notorious criminal’s profits allocated to the United States government for security purposes. 

How exactly would this work? The act itself describes the means by which Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán’s profits would be turned over to the government. 

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any funds that are criminally forfeited to the United States Government as the result of a felony conviction in a Federal district court of a member of a drug cartel – 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 – shall be reserved for security measures along the border between the United States and Mexico, 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. 

Once the United States government has the funds, it is merely a matter of allocating them for the purpose of border security in the form of building the wall, which as Senator Cruz and President Trump emphasized during their campaigns, is essential in the effort to maintain American sovereignty. 

The idea is a simple and somewhat humorous one, ironically using criminals’ profits against their own efforts to elude border security. 

El Chapo’s profits, $14 billion, would go a long way in the construction of Trump’s proposed border wall, which is estimated to cost between $12 billion and $22 billion, according to a CNN report

While Cruz is garnering criticism from opponents of the border wall who support the uncontrollable influx of dangerous illegal aliens, there is widespread support for the clever idea. 

Rocker and outspoken Texan Trump supporter, Ted Nugent, referred to the plan as “absolutely brilliant,” telling FOX Business in an interview that “the punks should pay for the wall.” 

The act is still in its early stages but is legitimate. Cruz, as he told FOX News, has the primary goal of following through with the administration’s promises to secure the nation’s borders at their most vulnerable spots. The EL CHAPO Act is just one way of finding funds to build the wall, which was not put in this year’s federal budget. 

"Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border," Cruz stated. 

The President, himself, has not yet commented. 

Written by Jonathan Goehring

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