On Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM EST, Thomas Winkowski sent an ill-advised message to all CBP employees. His message contained Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) continued speculation of mere possibilities and failed to shed new light on our current pay issues.
The following will provide the most up to date information we have. It will also explain how we got here, what we've done, and what we're doing.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 and the failure of the U.S. Congress to reach a bipartisan agreement to stem the effects of the Act is what triggered what is known as sequestration. Sequestration is a Congressional mandate, memorialized in law, to cut government spending thereby reducing the federal deficit.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Connor Radnovich
WASHINGTON – Border Patrol agents told House members and congressional staffers Thursday that this is the worst possible time to cut the agency’s budget as the country clamors for immigration reform that includes a secure border.
But the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration could take the equivalent of 20 percent of the patrol’s manpower at the border through furloughs and elimination of overtime, they said.
“By decreasing the number of agents in the field, we’re creating holes. And with those holes, drug smugglers will exploit them,” said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.
The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank the following Congressional representatives from Texas for the letter they signed in support of Border Patrol agents and our efforts to secure the borders.
Henry Cuellar (28th District of Texas)
Beto O'Rourke (16th District of Texas)
Ruben Hinojosa (15th District of Texas)
Filemon Vela (34th District of Texas)