Since the shutdown began, federal workers in Colorado have filed more than 2,000 claims. They make up more than 20 percent of unemployment claims filed since the shutdown began.
President Donald Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen the government for a short time while negotiations with Democrats continue and backed away from declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress to build a border wall.
There are more than 15,000 federal employees in Colorado that are affected by the partial government shutdown.
Hundreds of furloughed and essential federal employees rallied in downtown Denver on Thursday as workers hit dire financial straits.
Government workers will miss their first paycheck Friday. President Donald Trump visited the southern border and continued to call for border wall funding.
Ramirez Valiente’s lawyer, Lisa Guerra, said a motion filed to reopen his case cannot be processed because of the partial government shutdown.
"I do think Donald Trump is a racist based on his tweets, not just since he's been president, but when he was running for president," DeGette said.
Restaurants and other services near federal buildings are also feeling the shutdown pinch as workers stay home.
The Republican Colorado senator said he does support President Donald Trump's fight for more border security funding now.
The president’s closed door meeting with congressional leaders produced no results, so the stalemate will continue.