Trump to fund border wall with El Chapo’s seized billions

NEW YORK CITY – Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was found guilty by a jury in Brooklyn on February 12, 2019 of all drug trafficking counts following a three month trial.

Following the verdict, President Trump in a tweet on Tuesday declared that the wall would finally be funded by the $14 billion seized from El Chapo’s drug empire.

Trump El Chapo tweet

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act in April 2017, which calls for the use of the $14 billion seized from the cartel drug lord to be used to pay for the wall.

“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,” Cruz said in a statement.

Democrats quickly denounced the move to build the wall on the southern border saying that “the wall would decrease the volume of cocaine and illegal domestic servants which would lower our standard of living”.