DHS employee says her child got less for Christmas because of shutdown

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee says she was unable to get her family as much for Christmas as she typically does because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.

"My son made a comment where he said Santa didn't give us as much as he did last year, and that was heartbreaking," the unidentified employee told BuzzFeed News.


"We try to not be materialistic with our kids, but it kind of hurt that he noticed," she added. 

The employee added that her husband is also a federal employee and said they aren't sure when they will again receive paychecks.

The government has been in a partial shutdown for more than a week, as lawmakers have come to a stalemate over President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.

Trump has maintained that he won't sign a bill to fund the government if it doesn't have that amount, though he has said recently that he would also accept money for a "fence" rather than a wall.

A number of federal agencies, including DHS, are not being funded during the shutdown.