Cruz urges Senate to pass bill to make 'El Chapo,' drug lords pay for border wall

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (R-Texas) on Tuesday urged fellow senators to take swift action in passing his bill to make Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and other drug lords pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts,” Cruz tweeted shortly after Guzmán was convicted on all counts in New York City on charges including narcotics trafficking, using a firearm in furtherance of his drug crimes and participating in a money laundering conspiracy.

“It’s time to pass my EL CHAPO Act. I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation,” he added.

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Cruz's Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act would take any money forfeited to the U.S. by Guzmán and other drug lords as a result of criminal prosecutions and direct those funds toward "border security assets" and the completion of a border wall.

Cruz reintroduced the bill Jan. 3.

“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way to secure our southern border, and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals," he wrote in a statement at the time. "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."

The U.S. government is reportedly seeking $14 billion from Guzmán as part of its prosecution of the drug kingpin.