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Government Shutdown Must End

Sunday, January 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Anjula Singh
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The U.S. government shutdown, now going into its 30th day, is not only preventing federal employees and contractors from earning a living, but is also creating a larger disruption across the US economy.  Our members working for or with the federal government have been impacted, as has the entire legal community. With every day that the shutdown continues, more people will be affected as the ripple effects of hundreds of thousands of unpaid workers and closed agencies grows. 


In addition, the shutdown should not be used as leverage in the negotiations to create real immigration reform. In particular, the proposal to extend DACA and TPS (which were proposals the current administration ended) standing alone is an inadequate solution to the real underlying issues facing these affected groups. SABA restates its immigration policy and reform principles:  a respect for civil rights (including fair treatment and due process), the promotion of family unification, and the creation of a path to citizenship for undocumented people living in the US.  We call for the government to engage in a robust discussion about the best way to fulfill the policy principles supported by SABA while also allowing the important work of the government to continue.


Reopening the government should happen immediately and should not be contingent on any single policy initiative. We encourage members of Congress and the administration to work together to end this shutdown.