Sequestration Nation: Who's Going to Feel the Cuts?

By Emma Fidel - 2013-03-20T11:54:45Z

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Looser Border Patrol 

Sequestration may be good news for drug cartels and undocumented immigrants, according to the union representing border guards. The Department of Homeland Security could lose the equivalent, in hours, of 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 2,750 Customs and Border Protection officers to furloughs beginning April 1, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate panel Feb. 14. That makes illegal immigration, drug smuggling and border crime likely to increase, Amanda J. Crawford reports. Border Patrol agents would take a 35 percent pay cut, according to J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees union. For travelers and produce importers who play by the rules, customs lines may be longer at airports, harbors and land borders because of reduced hours for federal workers, Todd Shields and Jeff Plungis report.