Trump Administration Threatens to Make Employees Work Without Pay Over Border Funding Shortfall

The Trump administration is threatening to force federal employees to work without pay if Congress fails to act quickly in providing an emergency funding boost for operations on the southern border, saying the office in charge of housing migrant children is on the verge of running out of funds. The Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement will soon run out of funding for its unaccompanied children program, the agency has warned, forcing it to operate as if a government shutdown were in place. The administration has also cautioned that it could cut off funding for contract shelters where the children are held.

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