As the federal government shutdown continues over the wall that President Donald Trump wants built at the U.S.-Mexico border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday presented possible alternatives to a physical wall.
Among the president’s justifications for a wall is to stop drugs from coming into the United States, so Pelosi proposed spending “hundreds of millions of dollars” for technology to scan cars for drugs, weapons and contraband at the border.
“The positive, shall we say, almost technological wall that can be built is what we should be doing,” Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said during her weekly press conference.
That didn’t go over well with Fight for the Future, a digital rights advocacy group that on Friday started a petition asking Democrats to drop plans for a “technological wall” that it says could threaten Fourth Amendment rights that guard against unreasonable searches and seizures.
“Current border surveillance programs subject people to invasive and unconstitutional searches