CASA GRANDE, AZ - The looming sequester cuts are expected to start on April 7 for many federal government employees.
One of the hardest hit agencies bracing for the impact: The U.S. Border Patrol. Agents are required to take 14 furlough days by September. Cuts to their paycheck will also be made.
“They spend everyday putting their lives on the line to support and protect the border. Now, they don’t know if they’ll be able to support their families,” said Shannon Staples, an agent's wife.
According to Border Patrol Union representatives, the cuts mean border agents are losing 3,500 hours of patrol time a day. They also could lose up to 40% of their monthly income.
“We are looking at where we can save, what we can cut. It’s hard not knowing if we will be able to feed our kids,” said Staples.
Agents have one more full paycheck before they will start seeing the cuts.
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