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Texan senator Ted Cruz has proposed that the recently convicted Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' pays for the controversial border wall.
El Chapo, real name Joaquin Guzman, was found guilty on ten counts, including engaging in a criminal enterprise, as reported by CNN.
He is now likely to be handed a mandatory life sentence with prosecutors also hoping to gain a forfeiture judgment on Guzman's $14 billion property which he obtained through trafficking.
In a tweet reacting to Guzman's conviction, Cruz said the money and vast profits that Guzman earned from the drug trade should be used to fund the border wall.
America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts. U.S.… https://t.co/c4TFALsHaK — Senator Ted Cruz (@Senator Ted Cruz)
He followed this up with a tweet about the 'El Chapo act' (the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act) which he first introduced in April 2017, and then reintroduced in January.
In the tweet, he urged his colleagues in the Senate to pass the legislation.
It’s time to pass my EL CHAPO Act. I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation.… https://t.co/ha6wvmdgCh — Senator Ted Cruz (@Senator Ted Cruz)
This will reignite the debate around the border wall funding, which Donald Trump will need to secure a deal on by 11:59 pm on Friday, to prevent another government shutdown.
However, Cruz's proposals haven't gone down too well on Twitter, with many pointing out that a wall wouldn't have stopped El Chapo's drugs so it doesn't make much sense as to why he would pay for it.
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