Ted Cruz introduces bill to fund border wall with confiscated drug cartel assets

Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Jeff Sessions
Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Jeff Sessions

Unfortunately, Donald Trump is backing away from his national security wall proposal.

Far-left ABC News gleefully reports:

President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, potentially removing a major obstacle to a bipartisan deal just days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

Trump told a gathering of around 20 conservative media reporters Monday evening that he would be willing to return to the wall funding issue in September, according to two people who were in the room. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the get-together, which was not originally intended to be on the record.

The border wall money is fiercely opposed by Democrats, whose votes are needed to pass the government-wide spending legislation that comes due Friday at midnight. The wall is also unpopular with many Republicans, and GOP negotiators on Capitol Hill were uneasy about the clash over the wall potentially sparking a government shutdown.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who has a key role providing Democratic votes to pass the legislation, welcomed Trump’s reported shift on the wall.

“It’s good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations,” Schumer said late Monday. “Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said, “The president’s comments this evening are welcome news given the bipartisan opposition to the wall, and the obstacle it has been to the continuing bipartisan negotiations in the appropriations committees.”

Trump promised to make Mexico pay for the border wall, but that was never going to happen.  And at least Democrat leaders Schumer and Pelosi are pleased with his backing down on the border wall.

Team Trump is now trying to say that he would build the wall later this year, or maybe next year.

The Washington Examiner reports:

With the threat of a shutdown looming, press reports said Monday evening that Trump was admitting that funding for the border wall could be passed later this year. Tuesday morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed on Fox News that the deadline might be able to slip even further, into next year.

Into next year.

However, there is some good news from Senator Ted Cruz, who has an idea for where to get the money from for the national security wall right now.

He posted this about his new legislation:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act. The bill would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of “El Chapo” (formally named Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Lorea) and other drug lords for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 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.

“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,” said Sen. Cruz. “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities. We must also be mindful of the impact on the federal budget. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”

I’m disappointed with Trump. He hasn’t gotten a lot done so far, even with a Republican House and Senate. He told everyone that this national security wall was his first priority, but now he’s delaying construction. It’s not going to be easier to get the funding for this after Republicans have already funded the government. I am all for a shutdown of non-essential government services until we get the wall. But then again, I really meant it when I said I was for border security. And I like to win.

8 thoughts on “Ted Cruz introduces bill to fund border wall with confiscated drug cartel assets”

  1. We don’t need the wall!

    Fiscally, the wall is an economic leech, a perfect candidate for over-inflated government waste that’ll be yet another tax-payer nightmare in a world of 19 Trillion reasons not to spend more money.

    The wall does not prevent crossings since the terrain where it would be built is a natural deterrent. The wall does nothing to address tunneling, fly-overs. or the major issue with illegal immigration, expiration of visas.

    It would be far cheaper, a greater deterrent and provide less government intrusion on a whole if the US government just enforced ‘existing’ laws and its sovereignty as a nation.

    Instead of the wall the US could,

    1: Remove federal dollars from ‘sanctuary cities’ who in sheltering illegals are conspiring against the security of the peoples of the United States.
    2. Stop government benefits (federal, state, and local) to non-qualifying foreigners.
    3. Allow law enforcement to do its job in administering the laws of the United States including immigration laws.
    4. Prosecute businesses who hire illegals for their actions are akin to human trafficking and slavery by subverting US employment laws.
    5. Enforce visa regulations. [Worried about breaking up families? Here’s an idea. In the communities where people have arrived legally but have let their visas expire the US could allow a one time renewal on expired visas. ( An option not applicable to future visa holders) If the visa holder let’s it expire again then immediate deportation.

    Foreigners and nationals who subvert US law must be made aware that illegal activity perpetrated against the US will be discovered and punished severely. If El Chapo wants to run drugs across the border then he should face the full brunt of US sovereignty, militarily, politically and socially. El Chapo laughs at slabs of concrete and barb wire but would he laugh at the US Military whose constitutional duty is to protect the sovereign borders of the US?

    Long winded yes, but I guess my concern or question is, “why do conservatives think an expansion of government is smarter and better when it comes to their ‘pet issues’?”

    For example the American healthcare system had it’s issues but a one size fits all solution ‘nationalized healthcare’ was not the answer and those who supported it are beginning to see that stark reality. Smaller, cheaper and smarter reforms were needed i.e. ‘portability of insurance’, ‘tort reform’, ‘role back of government regulations’, ‘increase in HSA’s’ would have been smarter, cheaper, and provide less government intrusion.

    As a warning to my conservative friends, ‘sometimes winning is losing, especially if you win in the wrong ways.’

    The wall, simply stated, is an ‘Obamacare’ solution to immigration.

    1. Because conservatives believe in limited government, and birder integrity is one of those issues where government activity is legitimate. (Protection of the public, national security)

      1. Constitutionally you are correct, “border security is a legitimate government activity.” However, building a useless concrete block in the middle of nowhere is not the solution to issues of immigration nor does it provide for smaller government. Though the wall sounds legit, provides the visual feeling of security, and appropriate government action: in reality it does nothing to correct the real problems. Just like Obamacare.

          1. Jericho! They had a wall.

            Sorry, but I’m not putting much stock in the Israeli wall argument. The geo-political differences alone are enough to show the comparison is apples to oranges at best.

            While we’re going back and forth here let’s not forget we share the same values. As a immigrant myself I understand that America has a right to its sovereignty. We only disagree over the details on how best to reach that goal.

          2. Of course you are allowed to have a different view, but you can measure the number of incidents before and after the Israel wall objectively. I am all in favor of other measures, as well, like e-verify and cutting off welfare programs, and pushing all the extra cists for law enforcement, health care and education down to the states that want to break the law.

            Regarding legal immigration for skilled immigrants, I’m all for it.

  2. Cruz’s idea is clever. He should be President.

    As for the wall (actually fence), yes let’s build it. But if we deported the Dreamers it would accomplish more. The real problem isn’t the lack of a physical barrier but the will to enforce our laws.

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