Donald Trump’s administration is being sued by federal employees as the government shutdown reaches it’s 24th day, causing chaos across America. It invokes the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.
Employees at US customs and border protection, the bureau of prisons and the federal aviation administration have already filed lawsuits against Trump.
Four people, three who work for the departments of justice, agriculture and trasportation, and another who is an air traffic controller claim that they are being forced to report to work or they face losing their jobs, despite not getting paid.
This, they believe, is in violation of the 13th amendment. It is estimated that about 800,000 federal workers across the country have not been paid for their work and government departments are underfunded and understaffed.
Meanwhile, the shutdown caused a terminal at Houston’s George Bush International Airport to close amid a shortage of security workers. In a statement, the airport said Terminal B was closed due to “staffing issues” and it was unclear when the terminal would reopen.
Trump shut down the government as Democrats refuse to approve funding for a $5.7bn (£4.5bn) wall on the US-Mexico border. Trump has threatened to call a national emergency to secure funding.