UNITED STATES – Some immigration functions suspended as government shuts down
The shutdown will have a significant effect on a number of immigration services, particularly if it is prolonged.
Nonessential government functions, including many related to immigration, were suspended Saturday after Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan to keep the government operating. Lawmakers intend to continue budget talks over the weekend, hoping to come to an agreement on a spending measure to reopen the government. A number of immigration services will be impacted until a deal is reached.
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Background: Immigration is at the heart of the budget fight, with Democrats pushing for protection for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as part of any long-term deal. The two sides could not come to an agreement Friday leading to the first government shutdown since 2013.
BAL Analysis: The shutdown will have a significant effect on a number of immigration services, particularly if it is prolonged. BAL will continue to follow developments related to the budget negotiations, and will alert clients to any significant developments. Those with urgent immigration needs that may be affected by the shutdown should contact their BAL professional immediately to discuss the best options currently available.
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