American border guards still on the job if DHS shuts down

The port of entry at Hogansburg, N.Y. (Cornwall Newswatch/File)

HOGANSBURG, N.Y. – Whatever happens with a funding bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, American border guards will still be at ports of entry.

But those north country guards wouldn’t be getting paid.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is a division of DHS and a funding bill before the American government to fund the department is tangled up ahead of a Friday funding deadline.

It’s primarily due to wording in the bill that would reverse U.S. President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

A spokesman for the union representing north country border guards is reported as saying all nonessential staff could be furloughed, leading to a less secure border.

The spokesman also believes field workers would be brought in to the office to take over nonessential duties.

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