Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a blunt warning this week to escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, explaining what would happen to him if he entered The Lone Star State.
El Chapo — once named the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the U.S. Treasury Department — escaped Saturday through a one-mile tunnel under Mexico’s Altiplano maximum-security prison.
“If he or any other cartel member thinks about trying to come into Texas, we’ve got a prison cell waiting for them,” Abbott said on Monday on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
Abbott added that Guzman is an “immense danger” to the U.S. and said many are “frustrated” because he should have been extradited so American officials had “control of him.”
“We’re frustrated about this because he was supposed to be extradited to the United States. We should’ve had control of him. He should be in a United States prison for the rest of his life,” Abbott told Malzberg.
“He is a danger, as well as the cartels who are dangerous, which is one of the reasons why we passed this new tough border security plan because part of the target are the cartels.
Earlier, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump contended the escape of the Mexican drug lord proved the U.S. needs to immediately secure the southern border. After doing so, an account purporting to belong to Guzman issued a slew of threatening messages to Trump.
During his Monday interview, Abbott said that the U.S. has a “broken immigration system” that is resulting in people “tragically losing their lives.”
“Something needs to be done about it,” he said. “And Texas has got tired of Washington, D.C., not doing its job which is why as governor in my first term we passed the most sweeping and toughest border security law any state has ever passed.”
Abbott said that Texas is “doing the federal government’s job,” adding that residents of the state “expect the federal government to pay for what Texas is doing.”