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      Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 25th, 2017

What is it?

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

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

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.:

“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.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

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

AKA

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.

    Democrats/leftist have no leg to stand on for not supporting Ted Cruz's bill. El Chapo crossed the border illegally, so it's a perfect way to serve justice and build a wall. And for those saying "Oh why don't we put this money into infrastructure or education or healthcare? I think the answer to every problem is big government." To that I say the government's main purpose is to protect and insure domestic tranquility. Not to brainwash children while they're still in elementary school. Lastly the wall is going to be a lot like the one in Israel, which is high tech and has kept radical Palestinians out.
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    It doesn't matter where the money comes from. A wall on the border is STUPID!!! Do you really think that will stop drugs and illegal immigration?? Do you think people just walk across now in plain sight and no one stops them?? No! They have a myriad of ways to cross without being seen. If you want to spend seized drug money on something, how about educational and social programs that will allow people to have options other than feeling like they need to escape reality by using drugs in the first place?!?!?! Just say no didn't work in the 80's and a wall won't work now!
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    Why don't we invest it into our nation's infrastructure? Or healthcare? Or education? This is bullshit.
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    Use the money for something that actually benefits the country
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    A border wall will not stem the flow of illegal drugs into this country. However, using money seized from kingpins like El Chapo to fund proven drug rehabilitation programs could help lessen the opioid crisis in the U.S. The money should not go to the wall, as the wall would be an ineffective waste of resources and should not be built.
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    No wall. It is a total waste of money.
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    A wall is completely unnecessary! Why don't we use that kind of money to shelter the homeless? Feed the starving? Things that are IMPORTANT.
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    Put money from convicted felons into education and healthcare, not on expanding an already existing wall. If we learned anything from El Chapo, wasn't it that they find ways around, over, or under walls? He was responsible for the "super tunnel" trend we are still fighting to this day.
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    The border wall is not necessary and it is going to go through private land and harm many animals. I don't care where the money comes from I am against the border wall.
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    How about rehabilitation programs and education. Most drug addicts get hooked in drugs because of despair. The money seized from drug cartels should help strengthen the social net which in turn will create less drug addicts. It's a long term solution instead of the populist short term ones our politicians love.
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    No, we should not be building a wall. If you want to stop and hurt the cartels business, legalize marijuana and this will hurt them more than the proposed wall could.
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    It's a good use of cartel money. I support it.
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    Absolutely not! It should be used for drug treatment and rehabilitation programs and mental health programs to help prevent addiction. The wall will not drugs coming in this country. But we can help our country from wanting the drugs.
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    That funding should be used for everyone. Infrastructure, education, healthcare, climate science, funding Planned Parenthood, transitioning to green energy, programs for veterans, funding addiction programs, helping the undocumented become citizens, programs for prison reform, and like Oprah says " YOU GET HEALTHCARE! and YOU GET HEALTHCARE! and YOU GET HEALTHCARE! EVERYONE GETS HEALTHCARE!!!
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    ABSOLUTELY!! I love Sen. Ted Cruz's idea of making the drug lords such as El Chapo accomplish something good for our national security. You might call it poetic justice! This measure, plus H.R. 1813 - To amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries - SHOULD be passed with bipartisan support. These are brilliant solutions for funding the wall! BUILD THE WALL AND LET'S START TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY!
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    No amount of money should go toward "the wall". We, as a nation, have so many infrastructure issues to address; why not allocate these funds to something useful like after school programs?
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    How about putting it into prevention programs and underfunded mental health programs for addictions.
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    I can't really see a problem if ignoring the idea of building a wall in the first place. Better it comes from the pockets of the enemies of the American people than the taxpayers.
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    Take that blood money and actually do something useful with it besides building an idiotic wall that won't be anything except a monument to Trump's stupidity. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Trump himself thinks so, so why not start there?
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    Um schools? Teachers? The elderly? Screw the wall. Stupid wall.
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