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News has learned that Border Patrol will slash agents work hours as a result of those automatic spending cuts that took place this month known as the sequester.
The union says that it will -- large portions of the border unguarded.
And this comes even -- the agency reportedly.
Was given enough money to cover those salaries Fox's -- wanted -- joins us live from Los Angeles so William how will this affect border security.
-- -- so when you think about trimming the bloated budget the last place most Americans want to cut is that the border and yet because of a 250 million dollar shortfall.
We are told the -- is about to become 25%.
Less secure agents will no longer work a full ten hour shift their -- -- the border open on attended naked.
But the two hours at a time during each shift change.
Now perhaps up to eight hours today in some areas.
That's because Washington is eliminating overtime so let me explain what that means.
Both agents don't live on the border from the headquarters in cities like Tucson and -- -- -- in San Diego where they pick up their petroleum address UV.
They drive one to two hours just to reach the border.
Then they begin their eight hour shift but effective April 7.
There will be no overtime or drive time instead it will work as little as five hours actually on the border and once they leave their post the border will be naked or unattended -- -- hell they're replacement arrives two hours later.
-- last night and agent told me we are 25% more vulnerable today.
Case in point a -- -- surveillance cameras safe picks up a load of illegals.
Instead of tracking down into your overtime pay we -- five hours is up you're out of there and your replacement may try to pick up the trail Allison.
But an hour or two later I can tell you they're gone.
That's the problem.
-- okay so William is it true -- the agency was give men.
And up money to cover salaries but it sounds like you're saying not for overtime.
And so what does this mean for the agents.
Well that's a -- a point of contention.
Many agents say there is the money.
And they feel some of this is being done intensely negotiations are still underway with the union right now.
But for the agents this means a 25%.
Pay cut overtime as part of their pay package the Border Patrol actually advertised it that way so for most lying to agents they use this every day.
And officially it's known as a U lower administratively and controlled over time.
But for these guys really young families they're telling the chaplains in the -- -- -- We're gonna lose our house our carpet 'cause of this.
The agents' union says and we're gonna have is spokesman on coming up and happening now.
Says this is effectively means a cut of about 4000 agents across the border but wow are we will tune in for that interview William -- -- thanks.
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