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School may be starting back up for second semester, but the same can’t be said for federal government workers all over the country who have been working without pay for the past four weeks.

While students at de Toledo can look forward to an approaching June end to the second semester, federal government employees have been left in the dark about an end to the shutdown, with President Trump stating that he “would be proud to have a shutdown last months or even years.”

The Washington Post says that over 800,000 workers are either out of work, have been furloughed, or are being forced to work without pay. To add insult to injury, the shutdown began on December 22, three days before Christmas, leaving many people out in the cold financially.

Many people have been questioning the legality of Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency at the US-Mexico border, and he wasted no time in appealing to the masses on Tuesday night. Trump took to national television Jan. 8 to proclaim a humanitarian crisis, preying on the hearts of empathetic Americans across the country.

Democratic leaders responded to Trump’s televised address, asking the president to open the government while budget negotiations continue. Trump wants taxpayers to pay $5.7 billion for a border wall he promised to build during his 2016 bid for president. During the campaign, he said Mexico would pay for the wall.