Cruz Calls for El Chapo’s Funds to Be Used to Secure the US Border, as Mexico’s President Wants It Returned

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is urging the opposite of Mexico’s president on what should be done with convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wealth.

On one hand, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador expressed on Thursday that he was open to the idea of the drug funds to be returned to the country’s indigenous people — which Guzman’s lawyer also proposed, as IJR previously reported.

“I liked the declaration. I don’t know if it’s true, I can’t verify it, but if it’s as it came out in the media, that a lawyer says Guzman wants his wealth to be given to Mexico’s indigenous communities, I think it’s good,” Mexico’s president said during a press conference this week.

Lopez Obrador noted, “Also, we have started a process because we want everything that’s confiscated in the United States from criminals or suspected criminals from Mexico is returned to Mexico.”

On the other hand, the Republican lawmaker is calling for the drug lord’s funds to be used to secure the United States own southern border — a plan he’s urged Congress before to act on passing the “El Chapo Act”

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“El Chapo” was ordered to a life sentence in July by a U.S. judge, and ordered to forfeit $12.6 billion, after being found guilty of drug trafficking and being a part of murder conspiracies, as IJR previously reported.

Although “El Chapo” hadn’t confessed to the billions, his lawyer told Reuters, “He says, well, if that money exists … that money does not belong to the United States; it belongs to Mexico.”

However, that isn’t sitting well with the U.S. senator, as he’s claiming it’s the United State’s money to use to help secure the border.

The spokesperson for Cruz told IJR that the senator “believes that we should use El Chapo’s criminally forfeited money to offset the cost of securing our border and fulfill a promise made to the American people.”

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on during a meeting with industry bosses and members of his cabinet to discuss the new administration’s policy on the minimum wage at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

In recent months, Mexico was faced pressure with a 90-day deadline from President Donald Trump to help curb the massive flow of migrants traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border, or else the country would face tariffs.

Total apprehensions at the U.S. southern border reached over 100,000 per month, from March to June, recently dropping slightly in July.

Lopez Obrador said recently they were “doing well” in “fulfilling the commitment” made with the U.S. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard also provided further details on their efforts on Friday, as he said during a press conference, “I don’t expect there to be a tariff threat on Tuesday.”

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Screwtape
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El Chapo’s money should be returned to Mexico as a physical barrier, minefields, and surveillance tech on the border. They can admire money well spent every time they look towards El Norte.

Screwtape
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Mexico deserves nothing, though we might be generous and give them a “taste”. Top 5 reasons Mexico should get little if nothing: 1. El Chapo’s money came from outside Mexico, mostly the US. 2. We have him, they don’t. Maybe we should charge exorbitantly inflated court and incarceration fees. 3. They HAD him and lost him. Why didn’t they take his money then? Oh right, it was in the US. 4. Mexico is the definition of corrupt. Any monies given them will NOT make it to indigenous peoples, sorta like Haiti rebuilding funds passing to the Clintons. 5. We should… Read more »

James
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Give Mexico half of the $12.6 Billion; use the other half here on the Wall. If half of the money was made here, it should stay here.

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