The U.S. Border Patrol is one of the biggest employers in the Imperial Valley with more than 1,000 agents and administrative employees.
Imperial County Board of Supervisor Chairman Ray Castillo hopes the government doesn’t go through with the cutbacks.
"If they should occur sometime in the future it’ll impact our commerce it’ll have a big impact on our border crossing," Castillo said.
Border crossers wait at least two hours sometimes at the port of entry.
Castillo says if the cutbacks happen that means fewer staff and fewer open lines at the border which means even a longer wait to cross.
"Before we know it we’ll be in the 100 digits and what that does with the idling cars because of the extended times it creates air quality issues.
The government is reevaluating implementing furloughs and cutting overtime.
"We’re living through some trouble times right now so if anything that’s one of the areas be looking to least to cut," Castillo said.
Castillo says that if border patrol gets their salary cut it will put them in financial hardship especially if they own homes.