After significant budget cuts to various government agencies, U.S Customs and Border Patrol could be next.
President of the local Border Patrol Union Chapter 2595 Derek Hernandez spoke on behalf of the union, not Border Patrol, earlier this week on the issue of potential budget cuts.
Hernandez told the Yuma Sun in part quote "The drug cartels are probably excited to think the Border Patrol would be lessened."
Customs and Border Protection public relations agent Enrique Zarate says last month, then acting Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano guaranteed the agency would not face furloughs in 2013, but could not guarantee the same for the next fiscal year.
That being said, Zarate says they are doing their best to be mindful and use the budget they do have in the most effective ways possible.
"Janet Napolitano informed us, the federal employees, hey guys, don't worry, you’re not going to be furloughed for this fiscal year. But there are still budget cuts to consider. Although we don't need to be furloughed, we still need to be careful of our expenditures, and be good stewards of the taxpayer money."
Government furloughs have already affected nearly twelve-hundred employees at Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, reducing their pay by 20 percent for 11 weeks.
For an agency that arrests nearly one thousand criminals a day and oversees more than 1900 miles of border between the U.S and Mexico alone, every cent helps keep America that much safer.