Donald Trump’s plan to build the wall left Chuck Schumer blindsided

Building a wall on the Southern border was the signature campaign promise made by Donald Trump.

But Democrats have blocked the funding at every turn.

Now Trump and his team have come up with this plan to build the wall.

When Trump revoked Obama’s illegal DACA amnesty in September, he kicked the decision to Congress.

It is up to the legislative branch to decide the nation’s immigration policy and Trump followed the rule of law and separation of powers when he undid Obama’s executive order.

Congress was determined to pass legal status for the so-called “DREAMers” and even immigration hawks supported the move provided they get significant concessions in return.

And the White House’s “ask” for legalizing the so-called “DREAMers” is money for Trump’s border wall.

Chief of Staff John Kelly presented the plan to members of Congress.

Politico reports:

“At the Tuesday meeting, Kelly and other administration officials went into detail about how much of the southern border is currently fenced and how much more the White House would want in exchange for a DACA deal, according to people who attended.

Senators also pressed the White House on other immigration demands, such as an overhaul of the nation’s asylum system or a change in policy toward unaccompanied minors who are apprehended at the southern border, and whether they needed to be included in the current DACA talks.”

Securing funding for the border wall would be another win for the Trump administration.

2017 was a year packed with significant victories.

Starting 2018 with a victory by busting through the Democrats blockade on funding for the border wall would help energize Republican voters heading into the 2018 midterms.

Chuck Schumer and other Democrats thought Trump would fold on DACA and agree to meaningless “border security” provisions.

But that does not appear to be the case and Trump even announced he would take a trip to the border to examine prototypes for the wall.