Mary Lou Byrd
Washington Free Beacon
October 10, 2013

The government shutdown is taking a financial toll on border patrol agents required to report for duty as they are considered essential workers, but are not getting paid due to the logjam in Washington.

Many agents “live paycheck to paycheck,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Union.

“We continue to do the job, no matter what,” Moran said, though he added that the strain on agents and their families is noticeable.

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