Since President Donald Trump came to power in 2016, he promised he'll build a wall at the border with Mexico. While there were many proposals of how to fund such monumental project, Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz thinks that drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may be the ultimate solution.
Speaking for TMZ, Cruz reminded that El Chapo is ordered to pay $12.6 billion, and wants that money to be used to build a border wall with Mexico. That's not all, as Texas Senator also wants money from other drug lords who also have billions of fortune. Even though that sounds simple on the paper, Cruz is well aware that it's going to be hard to make it happen.
The problem is not only how to obtain all assets from El Chapo and other criminal masterminds, but it's currently unknown where are they located. Still, he claims that Trump likes the idea because he promised that Mexico would pay for the construction of the wall.
Cruz initially unveiled his concept in 2017, and now that Guzman is convicted, there is a way to make it happen. As Trump explained numerous times, the border wall would not only prevent illegal immigrants from entering the States but would also stop the drug trade.
Still, $12.6 billion is not nearly enough to make the wall. As the border with Mexico is about 2000 miles long, estimates are that it would take around $67 billion to do it.
El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison after being charged with moving around 500 tons of cocaine across the United States - Mexico border, but also because of money laundering and murder, next to other things.
He was the head of powerful Sinaloa cartel and is ranked by the government of the United States as one of the most powerful drug lords ever.