By Roberto Valdez Jr, Latino Policy Forum, Communications & Development Coordinator
The government shutdown is now two weeks long and has affected over 800,000 federal employees across the United States. One of those workers is my father, who has put in 34 years as a customs agent in the Department of Homeland Security. This is the third major shutdown that he has weathered. In 1996, under President Bill Clinton, he was without pay for 21 days, and again in 2013 under President Barack Obama, 16 days. Notice I stated, “without pay.” That’s because he still showed up every day on time for work, despite not getting a paycheck.
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