With the partial shutdown of the federal government having entered its third week, some members of Congress have grown increasingly anxious to find a compromise solution to end the current stalemate over a funding request for border security and border wall construction.
Unfortunately, negotiations have stalled as neither side has shown any indication it will waver, with President Donald Trump continuing to demand roughly $5.7 billion to fulfill his primary campaign promise while Democrats insist they will refuse to provide even a single dime of taxpayer money to construct any sort of physical border barrier.
However, there may be an acceptable solution already on the table that would provide funding for border wall construction without the use of taxpayer money — while also fulfilling Trump’s promise that “Mexico will pay for the wall.” And that potential solution just received a huge boost of support from famed actor, author, and martial arts expert Chuck Norris, in a commentary piece for WND.
Norris drew attention to a piece of legislation that was just re-introduced into the Senate by Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that would use the seized funds of convicted drug cartel overlords for border security and border wall construction.
Cruz cleverly named his bill the “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act — or EL CHAPO Act — named for the arrested kingpin of the Mexico-based Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin Archivaldo “El Chapo” Guzman Lorea, from whom roughly $14 billion has been seized and would be forfeited if El Chapo is convicted.
In a recent media release, Cruz noted that Congress had a mandate to secure the border and build a wall, and said, “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities. Indeed, I have long called for building a wall as a necessary step in defending our border.
“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way to secure our southern border, and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals.
“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,” Cruz added.
In his column supporting Cruz’s idea, Norris wrote:
“If you didn’t know, El Chapo is almost entirely responsible for the majority of drugs that come up through the U.S. southern border. As the co-founder and head of the Sinaloa Cartel, he is the #1 supplier of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines into the U.S. If you or your loved ones have ever tried or been addicted to illegal drugs, odds are they originated from the Sinaloa Cartel.”
Norris proceeded to cite several examples of how widely the Sinaloa’s drug trafficking network operated inside the U.S., as well as the vast accumulation of wealth the cartel has received in illicit drug money, and how the estimated $14 billion that would be forfeited upon El Chapo’s conviction would be more than enough to cover the construction of a border wall where necessary.
“Is Sen. Cruz’s EL CHAPO Act not a brilliant idea to fund the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico? And guess what? A Mexican pays for it after all — one evil hombre who has repeatedly raped America’s communities and the souls of precious millions through narcotics and other criminalities for the past three decades,” wrote Norris.
“Think of the impact passing the EL CHAPO Act could have,” he continued. “First, El Chapo’s drug monies could fully fund the completion of the entire U.S. southern border wall without a single dime more from the federal government or American taxpayers.
“Second, simultaneously the majority of El Chapo’s own drug trafficking into our country would be greatly diminished using his own monies.”
“Third, president Trump could fulfill his primary campaign promise. Fourth, the Democrats would be able to open their government the same day the EL CHAPO Act passed,” Norris explained.
He added, “Let it be clear: Passing that single bill could be the compromise they all are looking for, and it is the best win-win-win-win solution the Congress and president could ever enact!”
Norris is absolutely right in that this could very well be the best solution to end the current impasse between congressional Democrats and the Trump White House, as it allows both sides of the debate to emerge “victorious” without having backed down from the face-off.
Trump would obviously be the winner as he would achieve his oft-promised border wall — and at the expense of Mexican criminals\, to boot — while Democrats could claim victory in that they held fast on preventing American taxpayer money from going toward Trump’s wall.
Meanwhile, the American citizens would “win” by virtue of a more secure border with fewer illegal immigrants and drug smugglers successfully crossing, making our nation safer and more prosperous.
And in the end, shouldn’t that be the most important victory of all?