As immigrant rights groups pressure Democrats to refuse to offer President Donald Trump any money for his anti-immigrant agenda, House Democratic leaders are reportedly preparing to release a plan on Thursday that would provide billions of dollars in funding for more Border Patrol agents, new drones, and other so-called \u0022border security improvements\u0022 if Trump agrees to reopen the government first.\u0022Now is the time to truly say no to Trump\u0026#039;s wall: no to $5 billion, no to $2.1 billion, no to $1.6 billion, no to $1.375 billion. And to reject any additional funding for detention beds, ICE and Border Patrol agents, or other harmful enforcement.\u0022 —Immigrant rights coalitionWhile the plan would not include any funding for Trump\u0026#039;s physical wall, the Democratic proposal—which has yet to be finalized—is expected to offer billions of dollars for border surveillance technology that House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) called a \u0022smart wall.\u0022\u0022If you look at all the things that we are proposing, more judges, more border patrol, additional technology, these are the kinds of things that we are going to be putting forth,\u0022 Clyburn told reporters on Wednesday. \u0022And I think that they can be done using the figure that the president has put on the table, if his $5.7 billion is about border security, then we see ourselves fulfilling that request only doing it with what I like to call using a \u0026#039;smart wall.\u0026#039;\u0022\u0022Walls are primitive—what we need to do is have border security,\u0022 Clyburn added. \u0022Use technology, use scanners, use x-ray equipment.\u0022Progressives were quick to object to the Democrats\u0026#039; proposal.\u0022Why are they so terrible at this?\u0022 asked Vox\u0026#039;s Dave Roberts.Why are they so terrible at this? https://t.co/GwSUX6sf8m— David Roberts (@drvox) January 23, 2019I\u0026#039;m embarrassed. https://t.co/2vyev7ixGq— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) January 23, 2019No, we wouldn’t. https://t.co/m5Z4kGBHvv— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) January 23, 2019As Common Dreams reported earlier this month, privacy advocates have strongly objected to any such \u0022smart wall\u0022—which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently called a \u0022technological wall\u0022—on the grounds that it would seriously endanger civil liberties.Fight for the Future declared in a petition that the \u0022smart wall\u0022 backed by Democratic leaders \u0022may seem appealing in light of Trump\u0026#039;s bizarre plan to build a costly and unnecessary wall, but in reality—increasing border surveillance is a nefarious move that widely threatens the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.\u0022\u0022Drop your plan for a \u0026#039;technological wall,\u0026#039; or increased surveillance, at the border,\u0022 the group wrote, directly addressing the Democratic Party. \u0022The U.S. government\u0026#039;s dragnet surveillance programs at the border are already out of control and unconstitutional. We demand Congressional review and oversight, not expansion.\u0022Top Democrats have been repeatedly calling for more government surveillance as an \u0022alternative\u0022 to Trump\u0026#039;s absurd proposal for a physical wall. That rhetoric poses a serious danger to our basic civil liberties: https://t.co/jt77P2eMzb— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) January 23, 2019According to Politico, Pelosi is planning to unveil House Democrats\u0026#039; new \u0022border security\u0022 proposal Thursday night, following a scheduled Senate vote on two competing bills to reopen the government.While the full details of the Democratic \u0022counteroffer\u0022 are not public, the Washington Post reported that the funding offered in the plan is likely to be \u0022higher than the levels Democrats have supported in the past, which have ranged from $1.3 billion to $1.6 billion.\u0022\u0022Some Democrats suggested they would even be willing to meet Trump\u0026#039;s request for $5.7\u0026nbsp;billion—as long as it goes for technology and other improvements, not the physical wall the president is seeking,\u0022 the Post noted, pointing to remarks by Clyburn and other top Democrats.Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Democrats are \u0022prepared to spend a very substantial sum of money because we share the view that our borders need to be secure.\u0022In a letter to Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) last month, a coalition of dozens of immigrant rights groups urged Democrats to reject all funding for new Border Patrol agents and any other central components of Trump\u0026#039;s anti-immigrant agenda.\u0022Now is the time to truly say no to Trump\u0026#039;s wall: no to $5 billion, no to $2.1 billion, no to $1.6 billion, no to $1.375 billion. And to reject any additional funding for detention beds, ICE and Border Patrol agents, or other harmful enforcement,\u0022 the groups wrote.