“One thing I’ve learned working for the federal government is always have a backup plan,”
Among the roughly 800,000 federal employees who’ve gone without pay in the three weeks since the shutdown began are tens of thousands of Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection officers, immigration judges and Coast Guard crews — the workers on the front lines of the border security problems that the White House and Congress have been fighting over.
That irony is not lost on workers such as Terence Shigg, a Border Patrol agent at a checkpoint in San Clemente. Shigg took on a second job as a private contractor years ago, learning from his mother’s experience raising four kids on her own on a federal salary.
“One thing I’ve learned working for the federal government is always have a backup plan,” Shigg said. He supports more miles of fencing on the border along with other resources, he says, but “I am not in favor of a shutdown.”
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