If you wanted to check a Grand Canyon hike off your bucket list this week, you're out of luck because of the federal government shutdown. The same goes with Yosemite, Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend and other national parks across the country.
The debate over immigration reform may have slowed down in Washington, but across the country advocates are pushing to keep the momentum alive.
On Saturday, activists in favor of comprehensive immigration reform are staging marches and rallies in more than 130 cities nationwide. This will include the participation of numerous border communities, where the effects of immigration policy tend to be more pronounced.
SAN ANTONIO - With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force Base, say they're fed up being government pawns.
"We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job," said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force Reserve.
ALPINE, Texas - Federal public defenders in the district of West Texas say they will work without pay should the government shutdown continue beyond the next week. Defenders provide free legal council to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it.
Texas' Western District spans 700 miles of the border and is the size of the entire United Kingdom. Defenders in the Western District have the second-highest caseload in the country, second only to Arizona, another border area.
Under the agreement known as the "Merida Initiative," the United States has given the Mexican government billions of dollars to fight drug cartels. The program has been criticized as violent, reactionary and ineffective in its attempts to stem the flood of drugs across the border or stop the violence that's plagued Mexico for nearly a decade.
Though that approach continues, the U.S. has also begun using Merida funding to help programs in three cities designed to support so-called sustainable communities and prevent children from being drawn into the drug trade.
In the midst of federal government paralysis, the Washington Post hailed a "rare moment of bipartisan cooperation" when the House of Representatives on Wednesday night approved a bill to extend the Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa Program.