Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador chastized the United States government on Thursday for their treatment of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, calling his life sentence “inhumane,” according to The New York Post.
López Obrador’s comments were something that the drug lord has himself said about his sentence and has seemed incredulous to many.
“A sentence for life in a hostile jail” would be “hard” and not worth living, said López Obrador at a morning press conference, according to the Post. The Mexican president was gracious enough to call out Guzman for his murderous business and life of drugs and crime.
“It’s something very painful,” said López Obrador, adding that had “many victims in mind.”
Guzman is slated to spend the rest of his days in a Colorado supermax prison after his February conviction of multiple drug-trafficking charges
— New York Post (@nypost) July 19, 2019
However, López Obrador admitted to reporters on Thursday that Guzman’s time behind bars would no doubt lead to less crime in his country.
“We think that bit by bit the number of criminal incidents will decline,” he said. “We will continue to create a better society, supported by values, that is not based on accumulating material wealth, money or luxury.”
While “El Chapo” might be off the streets, according to several Republican congressmen, a lot of good can be done with is assets that are still enacted.
“El Chapo’s going to spend the rest of his life behind bars, so the feds should seize his drug money and use it to secure the border,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said, quoting fellow congressman Ben Sasse.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 18, 2019
Together, the pair have sponsored the EL CHAPO Act:
” … the EL CHAPO Act, [is] a bill authored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would require any money seized by the U.S. Government from Guzman’s estate to be used ‘for security measures along the Southern border, including the completion of a border wall’ EL CHAPO is an acronym for the bill’s full name — the Ensuring Legal Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act,” Cruz’s website stated.
“There’s a justice to it,” Cruz told “Fox News at Night” in February. “You know those billions that El Chapo has were made trafficking illegally across the U.S. border, bringing narcotics across the border, and it is only right that those ill-gotten gains go toward fixing the problems and stopping the next narcotrafficker.”