April 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Bobby Cleveland
Phone: (405) 557-7308
Cleveland proposes plan to pay for U.S.-Mexico wall
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Bobby Cleveland announced today he plans to author an amendment diverting money from civil asset forfeiture seizures to help pay for construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Under Oklahoma’s current civil asset forfeiture laws, law enforcement can seize property suspected of criminal activity. If the original owner cannot prove the money’s innocence, that money often stays with the seizing agency and is used to supplement the department’s funds.
“This money is drug money,” said Cleveland, R-Slaughterville. “The vast majority of it is either coming from Mexico or headed there. By redirecting this cash to construction efforts, Mexico will be paying for the wall just as promised.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security hasn’t announced final plans for the wall or its cost, but Cleveland says the seized money in Oklahoma could go a long way in strengthening the nation’s security.
“It’s high time we crack down on the Mexican drug cartels. For too long, we’ve put this on the backburner. This amendment will make Oklahoma – and our country – safer,” Cleveland said.
Cleveland said he plans to broach the subject with leadership from the House of Representatives soon and hopes to have an amendment added onto a bill before the end of the current legislative session.