situation starting to get more crazy (than the normal crazy)
Government Shutdown: More Than 54,000 Border Patrol Agents to Work Without Pay, While Trump Says They ‘Want the Wall’
Over 54,000 Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will continue working with no remuneration until the government shutdown ends, whereas clerical and nonessential staff are not working, Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar, of Texas, said, according to Laredo Morning Times and Associated Press. They will receive back pay for their time worked, Cuellar told the publication; however, he added that some of these agents may not be able to make ends meet in the meantime.
They represent at least 2 percent of the Department of Homeland Security workforce, both media outlets pointed out.