More than 40,000 immigration court hearings have been canceled since the government shutdown began, straining the nation's immigration system, while the Pentagon is directing additional funds to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border.
The bill will likely die in Congress even as it gives Sanders a key issue to push on the campaign trail if he runs for president in the 2020 race, as he is widely expected to.
Julián Castro will run for president, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development announced on Saturday.
Senator Kamala Harris outlined her vision for a unified America and also criticized President Donald Trump's border wall while promoting her new book in New York City.
Furloughed workers will lose over $2.2 billion in missed paychecks as the government shutdown enters day 21. The unemployment rate could jump a few tenths of a percent in January due to the impact of the shutdown.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., apologized on Thursday to women who were "harassed or mistreated" while working on his 2016 presidential campaign, following a series of sexual harassment allegations against top male campaign staffers.
Although President Donald Trump has called the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a "crisis," government data shows that arrests are down compared with the Obama administration as most illegal immigration occurs through other paths.
"When anybody is saying the economy is going great ... there's a frustration that says, 'Well, the economy's good for who?'" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday.
Almost all of the immigration court hearings scheduled in the past two weeks will be rescheduled for a later date as a result of the government shutdown, extending the lengthy process of receiving a decision from a court system with massive backlogs.
In New York City, the minimum wage increased to $15 for all businesses with more than 10 employees on Jan. 1. By the end of this year, the change will be implemented citywide, raising the wages for 1.5 million workers.