Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and then-Republican nominee Donald Trump traded some vicious jabs on the campaign trail in 2016.
When the Republican National Committee held the convention to announce Donald Trump as their nominee, Cruz spoke and refused to endorse Trump.
But it seems like they have all since buried the hatchet because President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had Ted Cruz and his wife over for dinner at the White House recently.
But one thing they’ve always agreed on was the necessity of the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
And Sen. Cruz just might have a great – and comically ironic – idea to fund the badly needed border wall.
“Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a bill calling for the use of $14 billion seized from cartel drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to be used to pay for the President’s border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
‘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,’ Senator Cruz stated, according to a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas from the senator’s office.
‘Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities.’
The Texas senator said that leveraging criminally forfeited assets from El Chapo and other Mexican cartel members and drug dealers can ‘offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.’
Senator Cruz introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act on Tuesday.
‘The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was recently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering,’ Cruz stated.
The Mexican government extradited the former Mexican drug kingpin in January, Breitbart Texas’ Ildefonso Ortiz reported. The move to an American prison cell followed months of court battles in Mexico and multiple escapes from prison by Guzman.
As part of the agreement with Mexico, Guzman will not face the death penalty in the U.S. for his crimes. Prosecutors filed murder charges against the former drug lord in relation to the killings of a U.S. citizen and two relatives.”
But it’s important to note the comical irony of this proposal by Sen. Cruz.
Essentially, his proposal is to build a wall – remember, its main purpose is to keep drugs from Central/South America out of the United States – with money from the most notorious drug dealer in the world.
Build a wall with drug money to keep other drugs out.
In a general sense, it sounds ridiculous, but analyzing further makes it seem like it’s perfect poetic justice in memoriam of El Chapo’s victims, as if the border wall is somewhat of a monument.
El Chapo is currently in New York awaiting trial for many murders and was also wanted in Texas and California for organized criminal activity, drug trafficking, money laundering, weapons smuggling, and of course, murder.
Breitbart reported on his murder crimes:
“The murder charge against Guzman comes from the kidnapping and murder of Rafael Morales Valencia, Jaime Morales Valencia and Guadalupe Morales Arreola on May 10, 2010 in Ciudad Juarez.
The murder was carried out by members of Guzman’s cartel during a time when the Sinaloa Cartel was engaged in a violent turf war with their rival the Juarez Cartel.”
Even more ironically, El Chapo’s extradition to the U.S. is a great example of what’s possible when the United States and Mexico work well together.
And what could be more perfect than using his own money to prevent the very same crimes he was infamous for committing?