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Democrats Prepare Resolution Against Trump’s Declaration

The Associated Press reports that House Democrats will file a resolution tomorrow aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Trump issued to help finance a wall along the southwest border. According to The Hill, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is “strongly opposed” to the president’s declaration and supports the lawsuit filed by 16 states challenging the emergency declaration. Sen. Collins said she wouldn’t be surprised “if the courts find the president’s action is contrary to the separation of powers.”

Civil Liberties Groups Ask Congress to Refuse Border Tech Funding in Any Shutdown Deal

The Hill reports that a coalition of civil liberties and immigration groups have raised concerns with congressional leadership about border technologies proposed as part of the bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to reach a border deal by February 15 to avoid another shutdown. According to the groups, surveillance drones, license plate readers, and DNA testing could raise serious privacy concerns for those crossing the border and living in border cities, while “risk-based targeting” and biometrics technologies could result in racial profiling and harm vulnerable communities.

Civil Liberties Groups Ask Congress to Refuse Border Tech Funding in Any Shutdown Deal

The Hill reports that a coalition of civil liberties and immigration groups have raised concerns with congressional leadership about border technologies proposed as part of the bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to reach a border deal by February 15 to avoid another shutdown. According to the groups, surveillance drones, license plate readers, and DNA testing could raise serious privacy concerns for those crossing the border and living in border cities, while “risk-based targeting” and biometrics technologies could result in racial profiling and harm vulnerable communities.

AP: The Latest—House Passes $788B Bill for Military, Wall

The Associated Press reports that the House of Representatives has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Trump’s controversial border wall with a huge budget increase for the Pentagon. Significant hurdles remain in front of the measure, which will encounter more powerful Democratic opposition in the Senate. In addition, a potential government shutdown battle over the border wall looms this fall, and the increase in defense spending runs afoul of strict spending limits set by an earlier budget law.

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