government shutdown

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Hey guys,

Note: Will Durst is a comedian and you may find some of his material offensive, or worse, not funny. His views do not necessarily reflect those of KALW.

Hey guys,

Today on Your Call: Covering the government shutdown

Oct 18, 2013

Government shutdown causes working visa uncertainty

Oct 10, 2013
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Thousands of people move to the Bay Area for a job. Many are from overseas, requiring a visa to live and work in the United States.

But the Government shutdown has closed a service needed to process some of these temporary work visas.

As a result, there are workers who may be forced to leave the country when their visas expire. Others are currently unable to return to the US without the proper documentation.

Casey Miner

For a lot of people trying to go to Alcatraz today, the cancelations were just an inconvenience. Sure, they’d come from far away or were leaving town soon, but it was a beautiful day and they said they’d find something else to do. But this isn’t true for Linda Plourde.

Flikr user: D Earl

More than 48,000 federal employees work here in the Bay Area – many of them at San Francisco’s Federal Building downtown, where federal offices like the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor are housed. These regional offices administer federal programs for large portions of the entire West Coast.