Cruz wants Chapo’s billions for the wall

Senator Ted Cruz has a new plan to pay for the wall if Congress refuses to secure the money from the budget: Use the $14 billion taken from the drug lord El Chapo, currently on trial in New York, to cover the costs of building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

It makes sense: The money seized from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman largely comes from the flow of drugs, weapons, and illegal immigrants back and forth across the largely unsecured border. Why not use it to staunch the flow?

The Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act was introduced by Cruz on Tuesday, along with the following statement:

The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was recently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering.

Of course, a good idea in Washington is like a four-leaf clover, rare and often unnoticed. Props to Cruz for giving it a shot.