Texas Senator Ted Cruz says the U.S. should take convicted drug lord El Chapo’s assets to build the wall along the southern border.
Cruz issued the suggestion via twitter Tuesday, saying the drug lord’s $14 billion in assets should be used the finance the construction.
The Senator continued by urging lawmakers to pass the El Chapo Act, which would ultimately take the proceeds from drug lords and divert the funding to border security.
Cruz issued a press release suggesting this strategy could “offset the cost of securing our border.”
His remarks come as President Trump contemplates signing a border security deal allocating $1.375 billion for wall funding.
This amount is significantly less than the $5.7 billion requested, but the president has made it clear he will explore other funding avenues, including a national emergency, to build the wall.
Senator Cruz first introduced the El Chapo Act back in 2017, and again in January.