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Sen. Ted Cruz: 'It's only fitting' cartel money be used for border wall

Texas senator proposed The El Chapo Act, legislation that intends to a border wall by seizing $14 billion in drug profits from infamous drug lord Joaquin Guzman #Tucker

 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that "there's a justice" to his proposal that money seized from drug cartel capos be used to pay for President Trump's promised border wall.

"These drug cartels are the ones crossing the border with impunity, smuggling drugs, smuggling narcotics, engaged in human trafficking," the Republican told host Tucker Carlson. "They’re the ones violating our laws and it’s only fitting that their ill-gotten gains fund securing the border."

Federal prosecutors are looking to seize $14 billion in drug profits from the Sinaloa Cartel leader, who is facing trial in the U.S. on a multitude of federal charges.

"Now, it so happens, coincidentally, that the estimated cost of the wall is between $14-20 billion," Cruz said. "So, the legislation I filed yesterday was very simple." 

On Monday, Cruz introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act.

"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," said Cruz, who also praised the Trump administration for their willingness to enforce immigration laws. 

"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."