According to a new poll, 4 in 10 Republican voters would sooner shelve the idea of building a wall on the southern than witness another government shutdown. That’s not to say that President Trump’s supporters have given up on the importance of building a wall, which prompted Americans to vote for the Republican candidate in 2016.
Now Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) may have hit on a plan that will permit the nation to have its cake and eat it, too. He has just introduced a bill that would get the wall paid for and wouldn’t cost the American people a dime. Cruz’s plan might be called the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order, or ELCHAPO for short. The phrase “El Chapo” is also the nickmame of Sinaloa Drug cartel leader Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera.!
The bill would redirect the $14 billion seized from El Chapo, plus all of the other money taken from Mexican cartels and criminal enterprises, to the funding of the wall and other border security interests.
Said Cruz said in a press release:
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. 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.
Many commentators have already saluted the idea on Twitter:
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 25, 2017
— John A (@RealSAMCRO) April 25, 2017
— JPflorida🇺🇸 (@AmerPride777) April 25, 2017
Cross-posted at Constitution.com