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El Chapo owes US (about $14 billion)

By Kimberly Scanlan, Staff Writer

Yes, America, there is a way Mexico can pay for the wall.

Sen. Ted Cruz introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act on April 25, 2017. This act would allow the United States to use money forfeited to the government due to the criminal prosecution of drug lords (including Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Lorea aka El Chapo) in order to fund border security. Trigger warning: this security would include the wall.

On Jan. 3, 2018, the Texas Senator reintroduced the bill in wake of El Chapo’s New York trial. The government is currently seeking $14 billion from El Chapo due to his drug profits made by illegally crossing the border.

This is the bill the United States needs. This bill would allow the US/Mexico border to be secured without costing American taxpayers a dime. In addition to the fiscal benefits, the bill will be funded by (and “ironically” named after) El Chapo, the former Sinaloa drug cartel leader. So in a way, I guess you can say Mexico paid for the wall.

Yes, I’m aware that the Sinaloa drug cartel is active internationally, but El Chapo is a Mexican elite in the organization. In addition to this, his defense lawyer claims that the Mexican president was cashing out on cartel activity.

Aside from the obvious monetary gain the bill would produce, the fact that it makes an example of one of the horrible people that crossed the border makes it even better. This law would remind Americans of why we need border security.

Guzman has been accused of drug trafficking, conspiring to murder rivals, money laundering and committing weapons offenses. He is ruthless. He allegedly captured, tortured and killed drug rivals and anyone who got in his way.

The Sinaloa Cartel is involved in human trafficking all over the world. These are the kinds of people that are getting into America illegally. The narrative that doctors, lawyers and other contributing members of society are sneaking over the border is false.

If you can pass the vetting to get into the United States, then you can wait your turn. It’s criminals that can’t get in. We don’t want more criminals in the United States, but we are big fans of law-abiding citizens that waited their turn to take a shot at the American Dream.

Posted: Jan. 17

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