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Civil cases stall at US Attorney’s Office in New Mexico

January 17, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. attorney for New Mexico says most of his agency’s civil-law division has been furloughed under the partial federal government shutdown.

U.S. Attorney John Anderson said Thursday that about 30 people from the civil division are on furlough.

That division handles a wide variety of cases on eminent domain, collection of student loans, debts from court judgments, bankruptcies and mortgage foreclosures.

Anderson says activities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office related to criminal prosecutions have not been interrupted.

The shutdown, already the longest ever, entered its 27th day Thursday. The standoff stems from President Trump’s demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border, a project that Democratic Congressional leaders call ineffective and immoral.

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