American politics have been a hot topic since Donald Trump became president of the United States. Now, things just got serious at the White House. For the first time in American history, the United States federal government was shut down while the Congress and White House were both in the hands of the Republican party. The shutdown occurred at midnight on Saturday, January 20, 2018, due to the rejection of an important funding bill.

Closure Sign outside Congress in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Indian Express.

The bill was related to disagreements with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy and investing government funding into Trump's "wall" between Mexico and the United States. Even though the government had been shut down for three days, the federally funded programs and services continued to run. The Senate had voted to re-open the government and Trump jumped on board by signing a bill last night which officially ended the government shutdown. Trump made a statement about his approach for the future:

"Once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair legal immigration."

However, the debate on immigration and how these discrepancies between the White House and Congress will be solved still remains to be up in the air.

By: Alaina Pawlowicz

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