Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in a typically clever, bold and outside-the-box suggestion, wants to use assets seized from Mexican drug lords such as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to pay for President Trump’s proposed border wall. The U.S. government is currently seeking $14 billion from Guzman as part of its prosecution of the drug kingpin.
“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,” the senator said recently. “El Chapo” plead not guilty to a 17-charge indictment in a federal court in New York after being extradited from Mexico in January. The U.S. government has routinely seized assets from alleged drug dealers and traffickers (as well as those of some of its own citizens and businesses, for that matter).
Congressional Republicans, possibly out of sheer force of habit, appear to be caving in to the Democratic minority’s demands that the GOP remove funding for a border wall from the budget or face a government shutdown. The president had asked for a measly $1 billion to begin construction of the wall, which is ultimately expected to cost somewhere between $15 and $25 billion…if it is ever built. Whether in the majority or the minority, whether for or against something being put in the budget, Democrats are always quick to threaten a government shutdown if they don’t get their way, or blame it on Republicans if one actually occurs. For their part, Republicans always let them. It’s a classic symbiotic relationship, albeit one that appears to drive Cruz up a wall.
Democrats have never met a spending bill they didn’t like, with the exception of anything aiding and abetting their nation’s security, the one and only thing a government is truly tasked to do.
There are those that claim the money is Mexico’s. It’s not. Illegal drugs, brought illegally over our border, are- tragically- being paid for by Americans. Which leads me to a statement by Sergio Aguayo, a Mexican political columnist and professor at El Colegio de Mexico, who said, “Just like prohibition did not stop alcohol consumption, the wall would not stop drug trafficking. Demand controls the market. [Under Cruz’s bill] U.S. consumers of narcotics will end up paying for the wall.”
I thought it was Mexico’s money. Is Sergio really that concerned with the budgets of American drug addicts, or even of American consumers as a whole ?
The president promised his voters a wall to secure our southern border. It is a must for the future of the country that we control our own borders, help reduce the flow of narcotics flowing north across that border, and prevent terrorists from entering the country undetected and going where they will.
Though in the majority, the defeat-snatching surrender-monkeys (Republicans) seem to have their backs against a wall. If the past is any guide, they will now agree not to build one.