Saturday rally will protest Border Patrol pay cuts, furloughs
SIERRA VISTA — U.S. Border Patrol spouses have banded together and will stage a protest at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Veterans’ Memorial Park to voice their opinions on a possible 40 percent cut in pay agents may see as a result of the federal budget sequestration.
“The spouses of the agents have banded together and we want the public to know that these pay cuts and furloughs will not only have a devastating effect on us,” said Connie Johnson, event organizer and wife of a Border Patrol agent. “It will have a domino effect on the local economy.”
What puzzles Johnson the most is that while Border Patrol agents could see extensive furloughs and deep pay cuts, around $245 million, customs agents will have to deal with only $40 million in spending and compensation cutbacks.
“It just doesn’t seem fair. We really hope the public turns out in support of the Border Patrol on Saturday,” said Johnson.
Johnson said the event is intended to send a message back to Washington, and through U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and U.S. Sen John McCain, who have been invited to attend the event. So far, she has not heard if the legislators will be there for their constituents.
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