In case you missed Ted Cruz on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, it appears he has filed the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act – which is legislation proposing that money seized from drug cartels be used to pay for President Trump’s promised border wall. What a novel idea!
“These drug cartels are the ones crossing the border with impunity, smuggling drugs, smuggling narcotics, engaged in human trafficking,” Cruz told Carlson. “They’re the ones violating our laws and it’s only fitting that their ill-gotten gains fund securing the border.”
Reportedly, federal prosecutors have gone to trial with and are seeking to seize upwards of $14 billion in drug profits from the Sinaloa Cartel leader, and coincidentally, “…the estimated cost of the wall is between $14-20 billion,” Cruz said.
“So, the legislation I filed yesterday was very simple,” he added. “It said any proceeds that are forfeited from El Chapo and from other drugs lords shall be spent building the wall and securing the border.”
“I visited with about 150 Border Patrol agents [in January],” Cruz said. “The relief these men and women had at the election results, it was palpable … And I asked the agents, ‘What’s changed?’ And they said, ‘The only thing that’s changed is the cartels understand now we have an administration that will enforce the law.’ That matters.”
Indeed it does, Mr. Cruz (#EnforcingTheLawMatters).