Surprised no one has brought this up. According to an article I read this AM, there are approx. 88,000 people in the Dept of Homeland Security. Of that 60,000 are assigned to Border Patrol and Customs. 5,000 were furloughed outright (told to stay home) and 55,000 are WORKING WITHOUT PAY.
I'd be interested in hearing from folks who have gone thru US Customs as part of the cruise experience. Especially, but not limited to debarcation...Delays? Attitudes? anything at all?