THIS IS ONE WAY FOR MEXICO TO PAY FOR THE WALL …
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced a bill called the “El Chapo act” that would use the seized assets from Mexican drug lords like El Chapo to help pay for the border wall between Mexico and the United States. The acronym for the act stands for: Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order. It would seem like a very effective use of such assets.
- The idea: U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits and other assets from El Chapo. They also routinely seize the assets of other drug dealers and traffickers.
- The Cruz quote: “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.”
- The acronym’s meaning: Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order
- Why it matters: President Trump is trying to figure out how to pay for his border wall, which will require American taxpayers to front the bill, but Republicans aren’t helping at the moment.
SUSPECTED MURDERER OF BORDER PATROL AGENT BRIAN TERRY ARRESTED …
As reported at FOX News, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, the drug cartel member suspected of shooting and murdering U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 has been arrested. The low-life was apprehended at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua by a joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. The murder of Brian Terry on December 14, 2010 in a gunfight between Border Patrol agents and members of a five-man cartel “rip crew,” is what exposed “Operation Fast and Furious,” a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operation under the Barack Obama administration in which the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops.
The cartel member suspected of shooting and killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 with a gun supplied by the U.S. government was arrested in Mexico Wednesday, senior law enforcement, Border Patrol, and congressional sources told Fox News.
The suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, was apprehended by a joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC).
A $250,000 reward had been sought for information leading to the arrest of Osorio-Arellanes, who was captured at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. U.S. authorities have said they will seek his extradition.
Terry was killed on Dec. 14, 2010 in a gunfight between Border Patrol agents and members of a five-man cartel “rip crew,” which regularly patrolled the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border looking for drug dealers to rob.
But of course as the liberal MSM and the Obama mouthpieces will tell you, there were no scandals during the Barack Hussein Obama presidency. As Legal Insurrection states, “FINALLY. After seven long years, authorities have arrested the man suspected of pulling the trigger and murdering Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010″.
The agent’s death exposed Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operation in which the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico. But the agency lost track of more than 1,400 of the 2,000 guns they allowed smugglers to buy. Two of those guns were found at the scene of Terry’s killing.
The operation set off a political firestorm, and then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation.
WHO SAYS ELECTIONS DON’T HAVE CONSEQUENCES …
According to The Washington Times and a report released by Customs and Border Protection, illegal immigration dropped 27% in January 2017 as compared to compared to December 2016. It would appear that some have heard that there is a new sheriff in town in the United States and his name is President Donald Trump.
Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in January, compared to December, as the flow of both illegal immigrant families and children traveling alone dried up, according to numbers released by Customs and Border Protection on Monday.
The numbers are still high compared to past years — indeed, it’s the worst January in records dating back to 2012.
But total apprehensions of migrants trying to sneak across the border fell 27 percent on a month-to-month basis, to 31,575. And the number of inadmissible migrants who showed up at the southwest’s ports of entry fell 28 percent, to 10,899.
Apprehensions are deemed an indicator of the overall flow: The more people caught, the more are believed to be getting through.
The flow always decreases in the deep months of the winter, before picking up again in the spring. Last year Border Patrol apprehensions dropped 36 percent from December to January.
TRUMP TELLS CPAC THAT WE ARE GOING TO BUILD WALL BETWEEN MEXICO AND USA AHEAD OF SCHEDULE …
Today at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in National Harbor, MD, President Donald Trump told the those in attendance that the U.S. was going to build a wall between Mexico and the United States and that it was way ahead of schedule. President Trump praised the job of Gen. Kelly, Homeland Security secretary, and reminded everyone that we are getting the bad ones out of this country. Trump reiterated that he was getting illegals out of the county who have committed crimes like drugs and murder. Trump stated, “basically, all I have done is keep my promise.”
President Donald Trump Tells ABC News’ David Muir … The Construction of Border Wall Will Begin in ‘Months’ (VIDEO)
THE WALL WILL BEGIN IN MONTHS …
In a first and exclusive interview with ABC News, President Donald J. Trump told ABC News anchor David Muir what he had been stating on the campaign trail with regards to building a wall. Trump is going to begin the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico within month. Trump said, “As soon as we can, as soon as we can physically do it. I would say in months, yeah. I would say in months, certainly planning is starting immediately.” And yes, Mexico is ultimately going to may for it.
Full interview transcript can be read HERE.
In his first one-on-one television interview since being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump told ABC News anchor David Muir that Mexico would be paying for the proposed border wall and that negotiations between the two nations would begin “relatively soon.”
“Ultimately, it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico … and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico, which I’ve always said,” Trump said.
During the interview, which took place at the White House this morning, Trump said that Mexico would pay the U.S. back “100 percent.”
He confirmed that U.S. taxpayer dollars would be used to start the construction but said reimbursement would follow.
“All it is, is we’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico,” he said. “I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form. What I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico. We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico.”
When asked about the start of construction, Trump said it would happen in “months.”
“As soon as we can, as soon as we can physically do it,” he said. “I would say in months, yeah. I would say in months — certainly planning is starting immediately.”