THE Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act

As you probably know, a tentative deal was reached today between Republicans and Democrats to avert another government shutdown.  Yes, it provides funding for a wall of some sort (the language says “barrier”…but, no, the amount of funding is a pittance compared to what President Trump asked for and what is actually needed.

As you also probably know,  joaquin “el chapo” guzman, the ruthless, murdering sub-human who headed Mexico’s sinaloa drug cartel, was found guilty on all counts today and will almost certainly spend the rest of his miserable life in jail.

But here’s something you might not know, via the following excerpt from Dolia Estevez’s article for forbes.com:

Senator Ted Cruz thinks he has found an answer to the ongoing dilemma on how to pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall: Seize the assets from Mexican drug cartel leaders currently in U.S. custody. On Thursday, Cruz, a Texas Republican who supports the idea of the wall, introduced a bill—The Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act—to use a proposed $14 billion from jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera to foot the bill for the wall.

“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,” Cruz said in a statement.

Let me point out that Senator Cruz’s proposal is not new.  Ms. Estevez’s article was published on April 26th, 2017 – almost two years ago.

Let me also point out that, as the article makes clear, prospects for coming into possession of this money, whether $14 billion or some other amount (no one knows for sure how much it actually is or how much is stashed in the USA, Mexico and/or elsewhere) are not especially good.

But wouldn’t it be ironic if a border wall between the United States and Mexico was funded with money gained through one of the major illicit activities the wall is meant to stop?

So, realistically speaking, I suggest you do not get your hopes up about guzman’s billions being expropriated for construction of a border wall.

That said, however, the prospect does have a nice ring to it…

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