El Pasoans weigh in on now-longest shutdown in US history

President Donald Trump attends a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders, Friday Jan. 11, 2019, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Twenty-two days: That's how long the federal government has been in a partial shutdown.

"I vividly recall the president saying that he was going to own this shutdown," Brian Kerby said.

"It's frustrating,” Jamie Loweree said. “I think this is an overtly political move."

It also breaks the record for how long any shutdown has lasted. Some El Pasoans tell me this shutdown standoff may last longer for a few reasons.

"I don't think this is in the benefit of people,” Ernest Armstrong said. “That would be American citizens or undocumented people here. But, I think it's in the benefit of the political party."

"Do we need border reform? We do. But, I don't think the wall is how to get that reform,” Loweree said. “Because of this issue, there's a lot of workers who are hurting ... a lot of families."

There are those who say it's concerning knowing hundreds of thousands of federal workers aren't getting their paychecks.

“They're worried. They're concerned. How are they going to feed their kids or pay their rent?” Elizabeth Ruiz said.

Some say something needs to be done to end the shutdown and fast.

"It's meaningless. We need to get both sides to come together. We need to get people working again. We need to get the government working again and work towards a resolution that is positive,” Kerby said.

Congress adjourned for the weekend and is expected to be back in Washington on Monday.

This means the shutdown will last at least 24 days.

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