Government shutdown left the TSA worker's family in limbo
During their three-year marriage, the 31-year-old and her husband, Shalique, had a job after a job trying to support their children. He was urged for Uber, he abducted the bodies at a Atlanta home funeral, and he worked all night at a Walmart store.
Especially last month when things finally appeared falling. Caraballo, a Transportation Transportation Security officer at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, was promoted to a full-time position and his wife earned a new job of selling cars.
Buying a home, getting a second car and even enrolling their three children in extracurricular activities at school is now more than dreams, they said.
But their joy lasted for only a few days. the partial shutdown of the government that began on December 22 left Caraballo and 420,000 other federal workers nationwide who were forced to work without salary. Two weeks have passed and dozens of families like Caraballos continue their lives.
"The rental is due, the light bill, gas bill, my car bill is due to the 26th," says Caraballo. "I've got my last paycheck and no paycheck has arrived."
"I do not know when we will be able to celebrate the birthdays, when we get early," he added. "It's a pushback."
Calling the sick is his last choice
Caraballo fights for a week but says he can not overlook a day job – even if he is not sure when he or she will be paid.
Afternoon Friday, hours before she reported to work, the family drove 45 minutes from their rental house to Forest Park, near the airport, at her Griffin parents' home. Caraballo's parents will care for her three children – Danyelle, 10, Daellah, 7, and 5-year-old DaMara – while she and her husband are working.
"I know I have a partner, but he can not do everything by himself. Two people in one household need it to keep it safe," he said, coughing sometimes out of his parents' house.
Caraballo had paid for the sick for months but was not allowed to take it during the closing. Instead, employees are offered a vacation free of charge, he says.
"I will continue to work until I issue a paycheck," he said. "One thing I know I can not work and then let me go."
His sense of duty keeps his motivated
When Caraballo gets the bed at 3 am and placed in his royal blue shirt TSA and black pants, the first thing which he thought, he said, more: his family and the thousands of travelers he had seen every day.
"Whatever you pay me or not, I'm doing my job because it's not about Trump. It's about people flying on this plane," he says.
His work, he says, guarantees that travelers are safely coming from Atlanta to whatever destination they are.
"I would like to feel some sort of way if you got into a plane and because some of your safety is your plane down," Caraballo said. "It's harder for me if something happens to you when my job is to secure your flight."
Caraballo started for TSA last May, following the steps of his brother, who was a TSA officer at the Atlanta airport. At first, he saw his job as a "stepping stone" before trying to join the Navy this year – but he said he quickly realized that something he was enjoying.
"At this job, I do not have to fight myself to get up," he said. "I'd love to work even though it's a bit early, of course, I'd like to pay rather than be like this, but I love my job."
He feels disrespected
 Some of the 55,000 TSA employees screen around 800 million passengers a year. In a typical transfer of work – which lasts between five and 10 hours – they rotate every 30 minutes in activities that include checking boarding passes, which drive travelers to remove their shoes and turn- screen them.
Due to shutdown, Caraballo's brother, James Miller, said he was asked to work double shift due to lack of personnel.
"The first thing in my mind is, & # 39; No, do not do it, & # 39; but I understand that even though we're in closure, it's not the agency's fault, so I do not want them to be saddled , "he says.
Miller and Caraballo both say "the disrespected feeling" of politicians in Washington and may feel a "very low" moral to their peers.
But they try to leave that feeling out of the screen lines, especially when the travelers recognize their struggle.
"Most of the people I deal with are very grateful to us are there and said they hope and pray for a quick resolution," Miller said.
"It gives me hope that everyone is not only concerned about their own direction."
His family lives in paycheck
As Caraballos brace for the coming days or even weeks before the end is over, they know that their choices are slim.
letters for employees to send to th The creditors and mortgage companies during the closing, they say, are out of question.
"I just can not see how it will stand," Caraballo said. "A piece of paper does not break it, I know it does not cut it for me (if I'm an owner)."
When asked if they were thinking about using their savings, Caraballo and his wife
"We live in paycheck at paycheck today, just trying to get ahead," Caraballo said.
Like Caraballos, about 78% of Americans working full time live paycheck on paycheck, according to a study conducted by Harris Poll.
While Shalique Caraballo remains positive and falls into her faith, the couple said they would really start worrying if the next week's check would not come.
"Government shutdown or not, we're still living, we still have to move forward," Shalique Caraballo said. "I want to work day and night if I need to."