"Screwing with people for political purposes." In this case, that means "Let's make a bunch of Democrat politicians happy":
A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown.
Organizers for the "Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform" were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday.
A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown.
Most basic fix: any agency that plays political games like this? Chop their budget. Immediately.
Hey, if they've got the money to pay people to get barricades and close off monuments and POST GUARDS ON THEM, then they've got far more money than they need.