Ted Cruz used the conviction of Mexican drug lord El Chapo on Tuesday to promote his proposal for taking the profits from his drug business and other assets in order to fund the southern border wall.
“It’s time to pass my EL CHAPO Act,” Cruz tweeted. “I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation.”
Cruz first introduced the act, which proposes using billions of dollars in forfeited assets seized from El Chapo. to help fund the border wall, in April 2017, according to Axios.
He re-introduced the legislation last month, according to CBS News.
Cruz set another tweet on Tuesday specifying what should be done.
“America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts,” he wrote. “U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder.
Cruz’s proposal also comes after a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday tentatively reached a deal to fund $1.4 billion for border barriers, including 55 miles of new fencing along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Fox News reported.
Cruz has emphasized that drug proceeds could go a long way in further financing the securing of the southern border.
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