Federal workers guarding borders face furloughs
Late last week the government notified some 60,000 federal workers whose job it is to secure our borders that changes are coming because of the sequester. Yolanda Choates with U.S. Customs and Border Protection told KTRH that they will try to keep things safe despite the cuts.
“We are going to make every effort to minimize the impact on public safety and national security. But we are expecting to furlough employees,” she said.
Those furloughs will go into effect in April if there is no deal to end the sequester. And that means if you travel you'll have to get to the airport earlier than you already do.
“All of this will increase the wait time at our ports of entry and at our airports,” Choates said.
Curtis Collier of US Border Watch told KTRH it also means your safety will be put at risk.
“It will certainly weaken our security along the border. We should be able to cut that much of the budget and not furlough a single government employee.
Collier also believes there is only one reason we are seeing this.
“This is intentionally cutting certain parts of the government for the sole purpose of applying pressure to try and get the sequester ended,” Collier said.
Collier says Washington is trying to make the cuts hurt so that you will pressure your Congressman to get a budget done sooner.