Texas Senator Ted Cruz is calling on the U.S. to use assets seized from drug lords such as El Chapo, the Mexican kingpin who was recently extradited to the U.S., to pay for border security and the border wall.
Cruz introduced a bill Tuesday that 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. El Chapo was the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel and now faces 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.”
The bill is called “ELCHAPO” and stands for Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order.
Guzman was extradited to America in January and pleaded “not guilty” to a 17-count indictment charging him with manufacturing and distributing heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, and money laundering. U.S. prosecutors routinely seize the assets of other drug dealers and traffickers.
Trump focused President Barack Obama’s failing record of over 37 percent of all federal crimes committed in the last years of his presidency was by illegal immigrants.
Trump originally brought the immigration issue into the limelight during a 2015 trip to the Texas-Mexico border after announcing his candidacy for President. What many in the mainstream media neglected to report that the U.S. Sentencing Commission confirmed that about 75 percent of the federal drug possession sentences were illegal immigrants. Trump focused President Barack Obama’s failing record of over 37 percent of all federal crimes committed in the last years of his presidency was by illegal immigrants. In 2013 and 2014, 57,649 illegal immigrants were sentenced in federal courts.
Data released by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte revealed that out of the 30,558 criminal aliens the Obama Administration knowingly released back into the public in 2014, they went on to have over 80,000 convictions. That included 250 homicides, 186 kidnappings, and 373 sexual assaults, 13,636 driving under the influence, 1,589 weapons offenses, 994 aggravated assaults, 56 arsons and 31 smuggling offenses. Over 13,000 criminal aliens were released back into the communities in 2013.
The vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, Local 3307 testified before a Senate panel and offered stunning information. Chris Cabrera told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that Americans had been misled by the Obama administration’s manipulation of border security information.
“Agents who repeatedly report groups larger than 20 face retribution,” Cabrera, also a Border Patrol agent testified. “Management will either take them out of the field and assign them to processing detainees at the station or assign them to a fixed position in low volume areas as punishment.”
“Ask any line Agent in the field and he or she will tell you that at best we apprehend 35-40% of the illegal immigrants attempting to cross,” Cabrera revealed. “This number is even lower for drug smugglers who are much more adept at eluding capture.”
In cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque, over 75% of their most wanted criminals are illegal aliens.
Many illegal immigrants that are deported kept coming back. There was a 175 percent increase in the number of illegal aliens being prosecuted in the US for returning illegally since 2005, reports the Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
A study of 55,322 illegal aliens in 2007 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed they were arrested 459,614 times, or eight arrests per illegal alien. Over 26 percent of them had 11 or more arrests. About 12 percent had been arrested for violent offenses including murder, assault, robbery, and sex-related crimes.
Even the FBI, in their own crime analysis, exposes some frightening truth about the criminal activities of illegal immigrants. In cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque, over 75% of their most wanted criminals are illegal aliens.
In New Mexico, 48 percent of all inmates are Mexican nationals. The figure is 41 percent in Arizona and 26% in California.
When a burglary is committed in the border states of Texas, California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona, there is 53 percent chance it was done by illegal aliens.
On February 28, 2017, calling for a “new chapter of American greatness,” President Donald Trump addressed a joint Congress and called for a southern border wall, major overhauling the health care system, significantly enhancing our military and veterans support, and budgeting $1 trillion into advancing a crumbling infrastructure.
Looking to the Democratic side of the chambers, he declared that “The time for small thinking is over.”
Making an unswerving request for bipartisanship, Trump turned to Democrats and said, “Why not join forces to finally get the job done and get it done right?”