What a government shutdown could mean to middle Georgia


MACON, Ga. -- While lawmakers continue the debate about spending, a government shutdown could have an impact on you.

Robins Air Force Base spokesman Roland Leach says if a shutdown does happen, base employees should still report to work Monday. However, local workers may be shutting down, receiving and sending out-of-the-office notifications.

Mercer University Professor Chris Grant says the shutdown could put thousands of people out of work -- possibly without pay.

"We have quite a lot of federal workers in the Macon-Bibb area and Warner Robins," he said. "So if you're not essential, you may be furloughed."

The issue at hand is DACA and President Donald Trump's wall.

Tensions are high between Republicans and Democrats, but what it really comes down to is compromise.

"There just isn't a lot of compromise going on and that is why congress hasn't passed a lot of legislation," Grant said.

Macon attorney Britt Thames says the wall is for prevention.

"He is trying to prevent undocumented individuals from entering this country," she said. "Period. That's what he is trying to do with the wall."

But at the same time, Thames says undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children have more impact on our economy than you think.

"If DACA has ended, it will have an impact globally on the United States," Thames said. "And there are estimates of over four million dollars that would impact negatively to our economy within ten years."

DACA student Eduardo Rubio says he wishes people focused on what's important.

"I definitely don't think people should look at this like its a Democratic thing or a Republican thing," Rubio said. "It's a human issue."

Grant says it ultimately comes down to individuals raising their voice.

"It comes down to us as citizens and voters to make demands of politicians," he said. "If you don't want the government to shutdown, call, email, say 'I don't want the government to shutdown.' Make a compromise."

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