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House Democrats Consider Offering Trump $5.7 Billion for “Smart Wall”

HeadlineJan 25, 2019

House Democratic leaders are floating proposals that would provide billions of dollars in new funding to pay for more Border Patrol agents, drones, surveillance equipment and other measures along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democratic House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has suggested offering Trump $5.7 billion to build a so-called smart wall in order to break the stalemate over the shutdown. Immigrant rights groups have blasted the suggestion, with the digital rights group Fight for the Future warning, “Increasing border surveillance is a nefarious move that widely threatens the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

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