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Full Story: Border Patrol Facing Budget Cuts


POSTED: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 6:41pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:52pm

EL PASO-- It's overtime pay and maintenance costs that worry the president of the union that represents border patrol agents.

Jim Stack says the new budget proposed by Customs and Border Protection could cut an agent's overtime by 30 percent.

"We anticipate that there may be a number of Border Patrol agents that have been hired over the last two years that are going to leave because they can't afford 30 percent taken," Stack said.

U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes said no one knows if the budget will be cut but the numbers he's heard could take a toll on our borders.

"There are proposals that go from $300 million to a little over $800 million that would directly effect border patrol," Reyes said.

The Department of Homeland Security will decide where cuts are made, but Reyes said his primary concern isn't money it's safety.

"You can't say that you want to make sure the country is safe and secure and then cut the front line agency," Reyes said.

Stack says Border Patrol agents don't work 9 to 5 jobs. Agents are on duty an average of 10 hours a day and getting their overtime cut could cause them to re-think their career choices.

"They have families, wives, children they have mortgages to pay just like everybody else. A 30% cut of overtime pay is huge," Stack said.

Reyes says both the House and Senate agreed to negotiate and meet again on March 18th, but it could be until september until the issue is resolved.

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Look up the most dangerous jobs and you will find Police Officer and Security Guard. Combine those two and you have yourself a Border Patrol Agent, although, Border Patrol Agents not only patrol the Mexican border, they conduct traffic stops and deal with narcotics traffickers (Mexican Cartel) as well. I invite you to walk a mile in their shoes and tell me it's not a dangerous job.

Why is it that when economic times are rough people are so eager to cut government workers salaries? Its not as if their salaries were increased when the economy was good. They got the same pay when the economy was good and they are getting the same pay now that times are bad. IF you are going to tie their salaries to how well the economy does then give them a raise every time the economy booms then you can cut their pay when the economy goes in the toilet

Let me see if I understand this correctly: Stack is complaining that agents might have their OVERTIME pay cut by 30%, not their Salary, but their overtime. Didn't they all just get a big pay raise when DHS increased their GS rating from GS-11 to GS-12? (Look that up at OPM's website if you want to see how much it is.)

And now he's complaining because their overtime, which by law is capped at $35k, might get cut. I'm having trouble feeling sorry for them.

The breakdown of how pay cuts are to be made is 13% shared between Customs and ICE while Border Patrol is responsible for the remaining 87%. Feel sorry now? Of course not, as long as they make more than you, you just don't care. It's a disgusting communist attitude.

We need Wisconsin's Governor to clean up the unions

Where in the world is all the money that has been getting confiscated going to? You here millions of dollars have been confiscated what is being done with that.

You all know that no agent is going to leave. For one, where else will they find another gravy train job. Another reason is where else will they find another job during these hard economical times. These employees forget what the real world is like outside of the federal government. And please don't attempt to tell us how difficult your job is. You are more then compensated for the amount of work done. I know, I've been there. Too many employees come to think that their pay is asure thing.

MH I think your very wrong for assuming that these agents don't know what the real world is. I'm sure every morning as they put on their bulletproof vest on and driving to work they know that this is as real as it gets. How do you know weather or not there job is diffficult. You try and work 10 to 12 hour shift, sometimes all day, maybe even all night, or how about even knowing that you might be in danger 95% of the time. So you tell me are they well compensated.

You sound like you yourself have not been in the real world. Look up dangerous jobs and you will not see border patrol.

I sure hope they don't quit no matter how easy you think it is to put your life on the line.

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