Mexican cartels make billions of dollars a year smuggling drugs into the United States across its weak southwestern border, according to a new Senate report.
“Some experts estimate that Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), which represent the greatest criminal drug threat in the United States, generate somewhere between $19 and $29 billion per year in U.S. drug sales,” said the report, published by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. “This profit is enough to motivate the cartels to find a way, any way, to penetrate our borders.”
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A senior Trump policy advisor stressed the proposal was just one of several funding options being discussed but Donald Trump and senior advisers are considering various ideas, including the use of assets seized from drug cartels and others in the illicit drug trade to build the border wall.
As the debate over who will pay for the wall dominates the discussion on cable news, sources involved in the pre-planning of the GOP nominee’s Mexico trip told LifeZette the Trump camp is looking for innovative ways to pay for the construction of the border wall that both countries can support. Sensitivities in Mexico regarding Trump’s visit, and specifically paying for the border wall, are running high.