Shutdown continues

TOPSHOT - A stop sign is seen near the White House during a government shutdown in Washington, DC, December 27, 2018. - Congress members trickled back into Washington but there was little hope of ending the government shutdown sparked by a row with President Donald Trump over his demand for US-Mexico border wall construction. A lapse in funding to parts of the government meanwhile entered a sixth day. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – A stop sign is seen near the White House during a government shutdown in Washington, DC, December 27, 2018. – Congress members trickled back into Washington but there was little hope of ending the government shutdown sparked by a row with President Donald Trump over his demand for US-Mexico border wall construction. A lapse in funding to parts of the government meanwhile entered a sixth day. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

April Martinez

President Donald Trump wants a strong and bigger southern border not only to keep people out but as a monument for himself. Once he leaves his presidency, the wall will mark his legacy. Although it’s not certain the wall will be built, the disagreement between republicans and democrats has caused the government shutdown and worker wallets to be empty.

At this point, many federal workers are looking at their second missed paycheck coming up. Not only are workers’ wallets affected, but their health is at stake as well. A growing number cannot afford medications or even food for their families, not to mention rent and money for other bills. As the shutdown continues, more individuals cannot provide for themselves until the government resumes.