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Trump's Government Shutdown Closes MLK Historic Sites

Ebenezer Baptist Church and most of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta are closed. "I feel a bit of sadness...I didn't expect to cry over this," said Bernice King.

Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.

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Shutdown Over Border Wall Stops Over 42,000 Immigration Hearings in Their Tracks

"Largely, the individuals in the immigration courts and the ones getting their cases cancelled during the shutdown are on the lower end of the economic spectrum," said Alan Pollack, a New Jersey immigration attorney.

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A report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says that the tally of canceled immigration hearings, currently almost 43,000 for the shutdown period, would likely grow by 20,000 for each additional week the government fails to reopen.

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Ignorance is Driving Trump Support

Most Americans don't know that the overwhelming majority of U.S. immigrants are legal. A Pew report explains immigration.

As the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, it has now become the longest funding lapse in U.S. history. President Trump is demanding that Congress approve $5.7 billion in funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, on Friday, at least 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks.

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Ask the CEO: Crisis at the Border

"Here's the real crisis at the border: children are dying," writes DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti.

A photo of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin who died while in the custody of the United States Border Patrol in December 2018. / REUTERS

After watching the president conclusively prove he can read off a teleprompter, I struggled to stay awake as the 146-year-old couple (Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) robotically read through an uninspired response.

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Veteran With Mexican Heritage Raises Funds to Keep Mexicans Out of U.S

Brian Kolfage created a GoFundMe page to build Trump's border wall.

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Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran who lost his legs and right arm during his second deployment in Iraq in 2004, started a GoFundMe campaign to fund a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

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​Teachers Dress Up as Mexicans and Trump's Wall​, Face Backlash

School board says the teachers exercised poor judgement during a team building exercise; suspended them with pay.

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For Halloween, several teachers at Middleton Elementary School in Canyon County, Idaho, wore red, white and blue, and stood behind a fake brick wall with "Make America Great Again" written on it. Meanwhile, another group wore sombreros, mustaches, and held maracas. Initially posted on the school's Facebook page, outrage among parents forced the post to be removed.

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Border Wall Payment 'Least Important Thing,' Trump Told Mexican President

Trump continued whining about the wall despite the Mexican president's clear opposition.

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President Donald Trump's lies and bombastic rhetoric have once again been brought to light — this time, in the form of a phone call with Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

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Funding for Food Stamps, Planned Parenthood Should Pay for Border Wall, Republican Rep. Says

Rep. Steve King also linked increased use of food stamps to rising obesity rates.

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Money to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border should be taken from funds that help poor Americans, a congressman suggested on Wednesday.

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Trump Seeking $1 Billion for 62 Miles of Border Wall

The president's repeated false narrative that immigrants are more likely to be criminals, which data does not support, will now cost the country even more than previously anticipated.

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The Trump administration has requested $1 billion to go toward building and replacing 62 miles worth of wall along the United States-Mexico border, CNN reported Monday.

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Prison Inmates Used to Build Trump's Wall 'Modern-day slave labor,' Says ACLU

A Massachusetts county sheriff believes his inmates are the perfect candidates to construct the border wall, free of charge.

An excavator removes a fence, which will be replace by a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, August 26, 2016. Picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border. / REUTERS

A Massachusetts sheriff proposed that inmates from his county jail would be the perfect candidates to build President-elect Donald Trump's proposed wall — an idea that has been likened to "modern-day slave labor."

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