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senate Bill S. 25

Should Money Seized From Drug Cartel Members Like 'El Chapo' Go to Funding the Border Wall?

Argument in favor

By using assets forfeited by El Chapo and other members of drug cartels to fund the border wall, American taxpayers won’t have to foot the bill.

Colleen's Opinion
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01/04/2019
That certainly would be Mexico funding the wall. Something has to be done with that money. Why not use it for a nice big wall to aid in keeping the drugs among other things out of this country as in the child slave trade and the illegals. It sounds like a win win to me. It’s not from the taxpayers pockets and we get the wall.
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RAN's Opinion
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01/04/2019
Yes, why not, we don’t care who pays just build it. We will save so much by having a real border.
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David's Opinion
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01/04/2019
that's better than using it to support illegals
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Argument opposed

No matter where the money comes from, a border wall and enhanced security measures on the U.S.-Mexico border are unnecessary.

Abdullah's Opinion
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01/04/2019
how about it goes towards something useful like healthcare or education ?
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Jann's Opinion
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01/04/2019
NO BORDER WALL!!!!!!! Use that money to fund proper processing of immigrants and keep their families together. Build bridges not walls!!! NO WALL!!!
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J's Opinion
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01/04/2019
No wall! It is a poorly conceived idea and a waste of money. Walls never work. A wall didn’t save China from the mongol invasion, it didn’t save eastern Germany from capitalism, a wall at the Mexican border will not keep out people determined to live a better life. Fix the immigration policy. Spend the 5 billion rebuilding Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, spend it to pay for college tuition, or pay down the national debt.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 25?

This bill — known as the EL CHAPO Act — would reserve any illegally obtained drug profits forfeited to the U.S. government by Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka El Chapo) for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and stopping the flow of narcotics into the U.S. It would also reserve other assets forfeited by convicted members of drug cartels for border wall construction and other security measures. The federal government is currently seeking the forfeiture of $14 billion from El Chapo.
The bill’s full title is the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act.

Impact

El Chapo and other convicted members of drug cartels who forfeit assets to the U.S. government; and the U.S. government.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 25

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced this bill to use that any funds forfeited by El Chapo and other convicted members of drug cartels for building the border wall and stemming the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.:
“Congress has a clear mandate from the American people: secure the border and build the wall. Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities. Indeed, I have long called for building a wall as a necessary step in defending our border. Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way to secure our southern border, and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people.”

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Sen. Ted Cruz’s Office)

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EL CHAPO Act

Official Title

A bill to reserve any amounts forfeited to the United States Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera (commonly known as "El Chapo"), or of other felony convictions involving the transportation of controlled substances into the United States, for security measures along the Southern border, including the completion of a border wall.

    That certainly would be Mexico funding the wall. Something has to be done with that money. Why not use it for a nice big wall to aid in keeping the drugs among other things out of this country as in the child slave trade and the illegals. It sounds like a win win to me. It’s not from the taxpayers pockets and we get the wall.
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    how about it goes towards something useful like healthcare or education ?
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    NO BORDER WALL!!!!!!! Use that money to fund proper processing of immigrants and keep their families together. Build bridges not walls!!! NO WALL!!!
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    No wall! It is a poorly conceived idea and a waste of money. Walls never work. A wall didn’t save China from the mongol invasion, it didn’t save eastern Germany from capitalism, a wall at the Mexican border will not keep out people determined to live a better life. Fix the immigration policy. Spend the 5 billion rebuilding Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, spend it to pay for college tuition, or pay down the national debt.
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    No, because there is not going to be a stupid wall. Fund drug rehabilitation programs. Drug use is a social problem. Deal with the root of the despair that drive people to drug use. Cure the people and you kill the market. Universal single payer healthcare for all.
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    Yes, why not, we don’t care who pays just build it. We will save so much by having a real border.
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    that's better than using it to support illegals
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    Fund a technology driven border security system and a humanitarian law enforcement border division, yes. A wall, NO. Walls stopped being an effective measure to keep people out in the late Middle Ages. A wall would stand for years as a national embarrassment seen by the entire world.
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    This should definitely be done. And for all the idiots that don’t want a wall, why don’t they leave their doors to their houses open at night and just invite anyone and everyone in. They should have an open door policy in their homes. Why do they lock their doors or even have locks on their doors if they have this free-wheeling and open policy about strangers. A lot of those that don’t want a wall have fences and walls surrounding their property. Now why is that? Because they are hypocrites that don’t care about this country.
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    NO WALL!!!! How many times must it be said? Have the GOP leaders tried to explain to #45 (using small words that he can understand), the futilely of building The Wall? As the monies are from El Chapo’s illegal drug activity, it should go to help the thousands of Americans who are dealing with drug addictions. If there’s change, use funds to assist asylum seekers who have suffered in their homelands because of drug trade.
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    Funding the border wall from seized drug cartel assets is the perfect way to create a healthy boundary between our country and others. Start with the southern border and then move onto the northern border.
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    No wall...ever...Border security is fine. I’m suspect of anything Ted Cruz brings up.
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    HELL YES - WHY SHOULDN’T WE, & I WISH THAT I’D THOUGHT OF IT. I’m in support and recommend the passage of Senate bill S. 25 AKA the EL CHAPO Act — which would reserve any illegally obtained drug profits forfeited to the U.S. government by Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka El Chapo) for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and stopping the flow of narcotics into the U.S. It would also reserve other assets forfeited by convicted members of drug cartels for border wall construction and other security measures. The federal government is currently seeking the forfeiture of $14 billion from El Chapo. By using assets forfeited by El Chapo and other members of drug cartels to fund the border wall, American taxpayers won’t have to foot the bill. SneakyPete..... 💵💴💶💸. 1*4*19......
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    Build the wall
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    That has to be one of the stupidest uses for this money! No border wall! Use it to fund repairs for our crumbling roads and bridges!
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    Better for that than for food stamps or great health coverage for the ones that don’t want to work and become useful to society. The hard working women and men of this country can’t do it themselves so why not use money from drugs?
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    The money from drug seizures are available & the WALL IS CRITICAL TO PROTECT US IN THIS NATIONAL EMERGENCY! BUILD THE WALL ASAP!
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    Absolutely! Make the criminals pay for most or all of it!
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    It should go to healthcare & education.
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    Yes... the “Wall,” as anyone with a brain, and those not willing to participate in political gamesmanship will attest, it is just part of a prevention theory: multiple strategies across multiple domains...walls or fences where natural barriers (e.g. oceans, mountains, etc.) are non-existent, employing technology (e.g.drones), more border agent access roads, vehicles, additional border agents for patrol, and more ICE agents to pursue visa overstays and target employers that create a magnet to attract low-paid labor! Any other strategy that can be employed, should!
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