WASHINGTON, D.C.–Monday passed without a deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security, bringing the agency five days from a partial shutdown as Republicans try to block President Obama’s plans for shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Homeland Security, created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, encompasses a wide range of agencies, including Customs and Border Protection, the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Transportation Security Administration. The department will run out of money by Sunday unless Congress grants a new round of DHS appropriations by then, reports the Washington Post.
In the event of a shutdown, work continues for federal employees whose jobs are “necessary for safety of life and protection of property.” At Homeland Security, that includes personnel who patrol borders, inspect cargo and screen airport passengers, among a long list of other duties.
Those that are required to work during any possible shutdown would include 50,000 TSA screeners, 40,000 active duty Coast Guard members, 13,000 immigration law enforcement officers, 40,000 border patrol and customs officers, and 4,000 Secret Service agents.
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