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Government Shutdown

January 26, 2018

Last Friday, the Senate failed to pass a spending bill and the result was a three-day government shutdown that started on Saturday morning. The shutdown ended on Monday after the Senate adopted a spending bill to fund government operations through February 8th. Many immigration activists were enraged as they feel the Democrats took the easy way out and do not feel like their rights were of importance when making this decision.

Democrats are hoping that this decision will end on a positive note for them and many immigrants in this country. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell promised to allow an immigration vote in the upcoming weeks and many Democratic senators who voted for the bill feel that McConnell will keep his word, but others do not feel the same way. The senators who voted against the short-term spending bill refuse to put thousands of young immigrants lives in the hands of McConnell because of how many times he has gone back on his word in previous months.

Thousands of immigrants have been protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or better known as DACA. Former President Barack Obama implemented this initiative during his presidency, and President Trump is in the process of finding a replacement for the program that would put many immigrants in danger of deportation.

Some Democrats see the passing of this bill as a step in the right direction as they see the legalization of these immigrants happening in the very near future while other Democrats feel that there is uncertainty with the lack of help from the House of Representatives that puts these immigrants at risk.

While the government shutdown affects Congress and high-end government officials, it also affects the little people that have jobs within the government as well. For instance, military personnel continued their duties but were not paid until after the shutdown was ended. With the shutdown only lasting three days it wasn’t a huge problem, but what if the shutdown would have lasted for weeks?

“For myself, personally, I did not see any real impact from the shutdown because my payment is state-based rather than federal,” said Bryent Van de Wostine, a junior at Monmouth College who is currently in the National Guard. “While I did not face the same risks as other military members, I have a number of friends who are either active or traditional reservists that would have definitely seen a stoppage of pay.”

The shutdown also affected the IRS as more than 50% of the agency’s employees were furloughed during the shutdown. In the middle of tax season, if the shutdown would have lasted longer, it could have negatively affected millions of people in ways that aren’t even considered by politicians in Washington D.C.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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