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On January 12, 2018 at midnight, the U.S. government officially shutdown after Congress and the Trump Administration failed to reach a deal that would keep it open. As the shutdown enters its third day, hundreds of thousands of government workers have been furloughed, or put on involuntary temporary leave. In 2013 when the government last shutdown, approximately 800,000 of the 2.1 million civilian federal employees were furloughed. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program that protects undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children, remains at the heart of the debate.
January 22, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.