Local federal workers react to President Trump's announcement
SEATAC, Wash. —
Local federal workers struggling without pay in the government shutdown said they don’t think the president and lawmakers are serious about ending the shutdown.
Federal correctional officers from the SeaTac Detention Center said what the president is offering to end the shutdown, won't change anything.
As a federal correctional officer and an Airforce veteran, Roger Hasty II has seen many things. But he can't believe the government shutdown is about to hit its month mark with no end in sight.
"I'm livid right now. This whole thing is unnecessary, uncalled for, we have real people with real issues and we keep hearing fake promises,” said Hasty.
To end the shutdown, President Trump offered temporary protected status for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, in exchange for $5.7 billion to build a border wall.
But top democrats called the offer, “a non-starter.”
“This is a common-sense compromise both parties should embrace,” said President Trump.
Hasty didn't find comfort in what the president and lawmakers said.
“It’s like a slap in the face,” said Hasty. “We want to work, we want to provide for our family while still helping America but you’re not helping us.”
Meanwhile two missed paychecks later, Hasty’s worry is how he will feed his two small children and his wife who’s a full-time student, or how he will put a roof over their head.
“I had to write a letter to my land-lady to let her know, ‘you know, sorry the rent’s going to be late but I’m in the government shutdown.’”
As the vice-president of his local union, Hasty hopes lawmakers can come to the table to with real solutions to end the shutdown—and not use federal workers as bargaining chips.
“You have been elected to do a job,” said Hasty. “You’re getting paid to not do your job right now, but we are doing our jobs and we’re not getting paid. Something is seriously wrong with that equation.”
Several officers told KOMO News morale has been low at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center.
They said if people want to help, they should call their lawmakers at 866.803.8830