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'El Chapo Act' introduced to fund Trump's border wall

Iran Press TV

Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:23PM

A new bill is being introduced in an attempt to fund the border wall US President Donald Trump had promised to build on the Mexican border.

Known as the El Chapo Act, the bill was introduced by Trump's Republican contender in the 2016 presidential election, Senator Ted Cruz.

The bill, officially titled the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, references Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious drug lord, who was extradited to the United States in January.

The US government is seeking a $14 billion forfeiture order over prosecution of Guzman.

The drug lord is an escape artist who managed to break out of prison twice in Mexico.

"Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons and individuals across our southern border," Cruz said on Tuesday.

The US president, who had vowed to build a wall on the country's southern border and make Mexico pay for it, has been pushing the Republican-controlled Congress to include funding for it in the next spending bill.

US lawmakers have to pass the upcoming spending bill on Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

"If the threat of the wall is removed … our negotiations can continue and we can hopefully resolve all of the outstanding issues by Friday," said Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, on Tuesday.

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