21 days. Friday, the closing the paralyzing part of the US administration equaled the 1995 record under Bill Clinton. Saturday, it will become the longest in history. With several ministries to a minimum, with 800,000 employees on unpaid leave or unpaid work, security implications begin to be felt. The negotiations still block the financing of the wall wanted by Donald Trump, who said on Friday that he did not intend to come into force "so quickly" in declaring the national emergency.
The safety of air transport in question
On Friday, Miami Airport was forced to close a terminal because there were not enough employees. Since air travel is a crucial sector, 10,000 controllers and 51,000 TSA employees, who perform passenger checks, have been requirements and have worked since Christmas without being paid, with days that can reach 10 hours. As a result, the rate of absenteeism and illness has skyrocketed. The Airline Personnel Association (AFA) warned of "failures in our security" that could benefit "those who consider the United States and its citizens as their enemies", canceled flights or long crosses at checkpoints.
Less health checks
Environmental agencies and the Food and Drug Administration are hit hard by arrest. The FDA no longer has staff to perform routine checks on fruits and vegetables. Worryingly, two months ago, a large epidemic of E. coli bacteria had contaminated Roman lettuce in several states in the United States. The FDA, however, continues to control meat as a critic.
Shot of the FBI, a "threat to national security"
Local police continue to function because it depends on states, but federal police are struck by closure. Of the 35,000 FBI employees, 5,000 (agents, analysts, lawyers) have been placed on unpaid leave and the rest is unpaid. Some non-urgent investigations have been suspended and the indies can not be paid. "The financial uncertainties we are facing pose a threat to national security," said FBI Agent Association spokesman Tom O & # 39; Connor.
No way out of the crisis
Donald Trump is still supporting $ 5.7 billion for his wall, and Democrats categorically refuse. While the negotiations stalled, the president of the United States said on Friday that he would not declare the national emergency procedure "so quickly" that would allow him to seize these funds. This is the nuclear option, because it would be followed by a legal action that could go to the Supreme Court. Chaos could continue for a moment: according to the Wall Street Journal, the ministry of the budget has made arrangements in case the closure lasted until February.