Shutdown Squeeze: Agent Loses Financial Security While Working Border Security


Mike Levine
ABC News
Oct. 4, 2013

Like so many of his comrades, one Border Patrol agent woke up for work Thursday at 4 a.m. with desperate hope that the lawmakers in Washington who forced a government shutdown finally got their own wake-up call.

But, alas, not yet.

“You get your uniform on, and you sit there … and you look at your kid, and you look at your wife, and you’re like, ‘They’re depending on you. You’re the sole breadwinner of the house,’” said the 39-year-old Border Patrol agent who’s been working the Arizona border with Mexico for 10 years. “It’s in the back of your mind. You don’t know if you’re going to get paid.”

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