Republican Senator Ted Cruz is trying to make Mexicans pay for the proposed wall on the southern U.S. border. Rather than ask the Mexican government to get involved, he’s targeting a surprising source for the funding.
On Tuesday, Cruz introduced the El Chapo Act, which would use seized assets from drug lords like Mexican Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to fund construction of the wall.
Federal prosecutors are working to seize $14billion of assets from El Chapo. “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,” says Cruz
According to the Daily Caller:
The White House has yet to receive sufficient funding to build a wall on the southern border, and Trump maintains that Congress will eventually appropriate the money and get paid back from Mexico.
“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall,” Trump tweeted Sunday.
The total cost of the proposed border wall is estimated to be $21.6 billion.