Government Shutdown (2018 Edition)


Matt Belinson, Sports Editor

    As if Donald Trump’s presidency needed more to criticize. On Saturday, January 20, the government bickered across both parties and fell to the appeals of a small minority of activists and shut down. The government shutdown was due to failure from Washington elites to agree on passing legislation and protection for persons affected by the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Democrats heard increasing pressure from outside the walls of the capitol building over “Dreamers”, a separate group of immigrants. The pressure was mounting because of the act’s protections ending in March of this year. These people are grown children and young adults who were brought from Mexico by their parents. Former President Obama passed the DREAM Act, which protected these children from facing deportation and criminal charges. The current administration has been a loud voice on the topic of immigration, patrically illegal methods.

     “You must get them to come back legally, cause what you have now is cities flooded with immigrants who are just collecting from us and shouldn’t be here,” said President Trump early Sunday morning, just one day into the shutdown.

       Democratic senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, led the vocal orchestration against his GOP counterparts on the Senate floor over the span of the shutdown. Schumer and his Democrat peers threatened to keep the government shutdown if the Republican controlled House and Senate did not agree to at least have discussions on a new DREAM Act and help figure out who is truly going to pay for President Trump’s campaign golden goose, his border wall.

      “This project has been just getting developed for the past couple months, but no one can tell me who is providing financial support,” said Schumer.

     The 2018 shutdown ended after three days, on January 22. The shutdown only ended with the reluctance of Mitch McCconnell and other top Republicans willing to debate and establish funding and protections for immigrants. The Senate voted 82 to 18 on the issue of reopening the government for funding.

     Outside political experts blamed the Republicans slightly harsher than the Democrats. Many say that the GOP and the President were not willing to hear any debate on immigration policies until the entire government depended on it. The DREAM Act and the border wall will be up for debate in the upcoming weeks, with topics like deportation, security, criminal charges, finances and constitutional rights taking center stage on Pennsylvania Avenue.

     “Trump will need to take control and make sure he doesn’t lose immigration reform and his border wall promises just like health care.”

     “Trump’s so called deal making ability better get started this spring if he wants to be reelected in 2020,” said political analyst Robert Clyde from the Washington Post.

     The shutdown may have only lasted a weekend, it cost over 800,000 federal workers three days pay. Pay that supports families and school payments. And the government has seen this similar type of shutdown before.

      Since 2010, the government has shut down three times. In 2011, 2013, and 2017, the government showed its citizens disfunction to the point of shutting down federal programs like FBI agents or airport security. Many analysts see a pattern forming the last two shutdowns, and it could continue.

     “If you look at what has been the reason for these shutdowns, the cause is not the actual legislation, it is the partisan lines that are so uncooperative, they can’t even meet to debate a topic of concern,” said Clyde.

     With 2018 just getting started, Washington and the rest of the U.S. will be on high alert for more signs that our government might not work so well together.