Today, the Secure and Succeed Act was introduced to the Senate floor, which addresses many of the immigration and border-related concerns that have been publicly debated for many years. This bill includes plans for improving border security through physical and technological means, increases manpower, ends catch and release, and provides a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, among other measures. It also once again makes Border Patrol agents fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
We will provide additional information on the bill as it progresses through Congress.
President Trump signed the Continuing Resolution (CR) to end the Government shutdown. All employees who were furloughed should be ready to report to work as scheduled. The CR included a provision that guarantees back pay for employees who were furloughed and may have lost pay due to the shutdown.
The U.S. Senate passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the Government through February 8, 2018. THE PASSING OF THIS VOTE EFFECTIVELY ENDS THE SHUTDOWN. The Bill will now go back to the U.S. House of Representatives to be reconciled and then to the desk of President Trump for signature. Neither the U.S. House nor POTUS have indicated that they will oppose the CR.
The U.S. Senate failed to pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the Government past midnight, so at 12:00 am (EST), the Government will go into a shutdown, the first since 2013.
Border Patrol agents can expect to receive a Notice for Exempt Employee notifying them that they are considered exempt from a furlough and are required to report to work as scheduled. Those employees considered non-essential should expect to receive furlough notices.
Although there is no guarantee of backpay, there has never been a shutdown in which employees were not paid retroactively. We remain hopeful that Congress will work through the weekend in order to fund the Government prior to Monday.
We will keep you informed of developments.