DERP ALERT: Ted Cruz Introduces Bill To Make El Chapo Pay For Mexican Border Wall


Donald Trump has hit a wall (no pun intended…)  in regards to securing funding for construction on his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump wants $1.4 billion in funding, which Congressional Democrats starkly oppose, of course, and have vowed to force a shutdown of government spending in order to prevent the bill from passing through Congress.

To secure funding, the Trump administration needs 60 votes to pass the bill through the Senate, of which Republicans currently hold 52 seats. So while the bill will likely face opposition from Senate Democrats, it seems one senator has a solution for Trump.

Texas Senator and former 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a new bill Tuesday called “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act” — also known as the EL CHAPO Act.

Essentially, Cruz’s bill would allow the federal government to put all cash forfeited by drug lords toward paying for construction of the wall.

Cruz tweeted Tuesday:

The tweet linked to a statement which reads:

‘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.’

It goes on to state:

‘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 went on, touting how beneficial fourteen billion dollars would be:

‘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.’

He added:

‘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.’

Well, I guess we can’t say he didn’t get creative in crafting an alternative solution.

Feature Image via Getty Images.

[h/t: TMZ.]