With the existing US government shutdown, the country’s security and Immigration control starts to face difficulties due to the stalemate condition of the country.
An estimated total of 800,000 Federal workers from nine Federal agencies is working without being paid or on leave.
Agents at the Transportation Security Administration went on strike action, and the queues at some airports became longer.
Every four out of five Coast Guard workers do their jobs with no pay.
Every day, 60,000 workers at the Customs and Border Patrol sign in at work with passports and guard the border walls without getting paid.
Immigration lawyers have their jobs on a standstill as over 40,000 court hearings have been postponed.
In all these, Trump’s proposal for $5.7 billion to raise the border wall remains in a deadlock as Democrats have refused to approve of it, hence creating the longest shutdown in the US government’s history.
It was Robert Pape, a professor in Political Science who said that the border security could drop in no time, and that, without any resolution. Many years ago, Pape had raised concerns over the fact that the country could face terrorist infiltrations if the border walls are unsafe. Knowing that the workers at the walls are not being paid is a significant cause of concern. If the situation tarries, border securities would be looking up other jobs that would help them cater for their families.
Family members of Coast Guards should be worried
Out of 50,000 Coast Guard workers, over 44,000 of them will have to keep working without getting paid. The crews have kept at their missions.
The Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz admonished the family members of the Coast Guards that they are fully aware that there are financial responsibilities at home which have been allotted to the workers at the border, and they are working as hard as possible to ratify the issue.
Terminal B of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport at Houston was closed all through Wednesday. Also, Concourse G at Miami was closed throughout the entire weekend. This was because the TSA agents available were insufficient to control the security check-point.
Although the queues at some airports were really long, TSA observed that 97% of airline passengers screened were done within less than 15 minutes on Tuesday. Exceptions were however made for those special cases of unscheduled absence. It was observed that the percentage of those calling in for unscheduled absence had risen from 3.7% to 6.1% within a year’s interval.
The President of the TSA workers Union in Seattle Cairo D’Almeida complained about the fact that members of the Union have been working without pay and eating food from food banks. He urged his members to continue working, even though some of them had to get other jobs.
The Pentagon had announced on Monday that troops would still be deployed until September. The number of active duty troops that Trump had initially sent out was 2,300 troops in October last year.
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