Trapped In The Shutdown

Alison Perkins, Justin Cox, and Emily Barmore

With the government shutdown that lasted more than a month, worry had spread rapidly throughout the nation, as paychecks were missed and threats from the government to continue the shutdown until their demands were met, were repeatedly discussed. Traveling to South America had become more and more difficult, as President Trump placed travel bans during the shutdown.

  In a CNN article by Marnie Hunter and Katia Hetter, they stated that “in an advisory released at the start of the shutdown, the Bureau of Consular Affairs said that “scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at our US Embassies and Consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.”

  For those who already had their proper documentation, this does not pose a threat to travel plans. However, all those renewing documentation or attempting to gain citizenship would have  problems leaving or returning to the country.

  Especially in Central and South American countries, many visiting their families or attempting to aid with the border situation faced issues entering and leaving the country.

  The political tension with these nations and their immigrants has also been heightened, as Trump claimed he would continue the shutdown until his border wall is in place, threatening peace with these nations, most importantly Mexico.

  This may cause difficulty getting to and from Mexico for all, especially minors such as the students at SVHS as many of them have relatives in countries like Mexico. It is important to note SVHS senior Gali Padilla recently traveled to Mexico with her family over winter break and she explained, “I had no issues traveling there or back.”

  Additionally, with the expense of travel, most families can only see their relatives one to two times a year. The government shutdown not only limited the option of travel but, for many, eliminated it.