How Mexican Drug money can pay for our wall

How Mexican Drug money can pay for our wall
January 22, 2019 No Comments » Latest, Local Politics, News Javier Castro

How Mexican Drug money can pay for our wall

By Javi Castro

As the historic and lengthy government shutdown surpasses one month of hostage negotiations, a brave senator from Texas claims he has the solution. In fact, he had the solution two years ago. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) just reintroduced EL CHAPO ACT (S.25) (Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act). This bill aims to seize the $14B USD that the US government believes were acquired by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman through decades of drug trafficking into the country and re-purpose it to pay for the southern border wall. Cruz believes that this bill will please Republican’s concern on homeland security and the apparent new concern of Democrats in our national debt.

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is now under US custody after multiple successful escapes under Mexican prison system.

Asset forfeiture by the state is already a quite common procedure in our criminal justice system. Law enforcement agencies around the country often re-purpose automobiles, assets, and other instruments of crime to disrupt further criminal activity.

Cruz, a Cuban-american, first introduced this bill on April 25, 2017, however, it has gotten much popularity recently as the debate over the border wall funding has become stagnant. The southern border is 1,954 miles long with 1,254 miles belonging to his home state, which explains why Cruz has put so much energy into this.

Cruz, during a recent video appeal stated that “The end result is, we have the wall… and not one penny comes from the taxpayers money.”
An estimated $14B USD from El Chapo is approximately the same price tag on a southern border wall as reported by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Other tax-dollar-free ideas are tax remittance on the undocumented, increased visa fees for foreigners and US tariffs on Mexican goods.

With a republican majority in the Senate and public pressure in the House, this bill has an increased chance of making its way to the Oval Office as President Trump delivers on a key campaign promise of securing our borders from those who wish us harm.

 

Check out Senator Cruz’ video appeal here:

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About the Author:

Javi C. is a Dominican immigrant from The Bronx that has been advocating for veterans, immigrants and conservative Bronxites for the past six years. He earned an B.A. from John Jay College and often enjoys running. You can follow his latest storytelling project on Instagram by following RightatthefØrk.

 

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Javier Castro Javi C. is a Dominican immigrant from The Bronx that has been advocating for veterans, immigrants, and conservative Bronxites for the past six years. He earned a B.A. from John Jay College and often enjoys running and attending baseball games. You can follow his latest storytelling project on Instagram by following RightatthefØrk. If you enjoyed the article and would like to see more, become a member or donate to the RNHA today! The Republican National Hispanic Assembly is a not for profit organization. We are an independent media institution funded by small donors. We depend on you to continue to produce quality content.

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