Ted Cruz wants El Chapo's $14 billion for funding border wall

Where is the money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall going to come from? That question has lately sparked many conversations in the political circles.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz claims to have the answer. Fox Business reported that Cruz "introduced a proposal to fund the Trump administration's southern border wall Tuesday using money forfeited from the criminal prosecution of drug lords, including the infamous drug kingpin Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzman."

Describing the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act, the senator noted in a press release, "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."

Cruz also tweeted, "Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will help keep Americans safe."

However, media reports question if Guzman's assets are actually worth $14 billion. The San Diego Union-Tribune also noted, "...it remains unclear how much the U.S. government has seized from the drug kingpin or whether Mexico would allow the U.S. to sell the assets it seizes."

Regardless, many Twitter users are giving Cruz high marks for his creative approach.

One user tweeted, "This is a pretty genius bill from @tedcruz."

Other responses included, "They're using seized drug cartel money and assets to pay for the wall..honestly think this is a good idea...," and "Does this count as Mexico paying for it?"